The countdown in the Ecuadorian National Assembly until the final vote that will decide if Guillermo Lasso is dismissed has just begun, but it is already adding scandals and controversies. The Social Christian Party (PSC), a fundamental ally for the conservative president to triumph in the 2021 presidential elections, has denounced today that they have known “for a while” about the alleged “pirate approach” by the ruling party to “acquire the votes of two assembly members “and thus save the political head of the former banker from Guayaquil.

“It is not a negotiation, it is corruption in two directions. One, which would constitute embezzlement, buying votes with public offices and budget items directed to third parties with money from the State. Another, as base and immoral as the first, extorting assembly members by taking away their security that protects them from criminal threats,” denounced the PSC bench in Parliament. The PSC, which represents right-wing populism, has formed an unnatural alliance with former leftist president Rafael Correa’s citizen revolution to overthrow Lasso.

Lasso’s former allies have not spared any darts against the president, “who boasts of being a neat and serious politician and will remain what he is: an ambitious buyer and extortionist of assembly members.”

Already in days gone by, Jaime Nebot, a great leader of the PSC and former mayor of Guayaquil, announced that they are not going to reverse their siege against Lasso despite the fact that “we have prevented his replacement three times. Lasso has made lies his activity daily”.

After the verdict of the Constitutional Court to carry out the impeachment trial against Lasso within 40 days, Lasso parked for the moment the option of decreeing cross death, a constitutional tool that allows him to dissolve Parliament and call elections in six months, some presidential to which it could no longer be presented.

The government plan, as EL MUNDO learned, is based on convincing PSC deputies, former allies and ideologically close, not to cause a historic turnaround in the Andean country. It is enough for the opposition to get 92 of 137 seats to end the presidency of Lasso, for which it also has the radical deputies of the indigenous Pachakutik party and the rebels of the Democratic Left. At this moment they have those 92 supports.

In fact, the controversial measure approved by the government to allow civilians to carry weapons, criticized inside and outside the country, has been interpreted as a nod to the populists, who have applauded it.

“Believing that this solves violence is like believing that the rich are not going to steal. We will see how violent deaths evolve. I only ask you: Forbidden to forget!” Correa attacked from abroad, sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and fugitive from Ecuadorian justice.

Meanwhile, problems are accumulating for Lasso, who in recent days has lost his chancellor, Juan Carlos Holguín, who accompanied him from day one. He has also forced the departure of the Secretary of Communication, Andrés Seminario, his fourth in government.

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