Latin America

Lasso vows to govern without Congress after failing to pass reforms

Ecuador’s right-wing leader finds himself in a weakened position, as his Interior Minister resigns after disagreeing with the president’s stance toward Congress

Guillermo Lasso in an open war with Congress. Photo: Jonathan Miranda/Presidencia de la República
Guillermo Lasso in an open war with Congress. Photo: Jonathan Miranda/PR/Flickr

“What this shows me is that, from now on, I should govern without considering that the National Assembly exists.” These controversial words, stated by Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso during a recent interview, sums up the country’s new political crisis.

A week ago, the chief of state was enraged after Congress rejected one of his top priorities, an investment bill that the opposition believes is a way of furthering the privatization of public assets.

It was a pill that Mr. Lasso couldn’t swallow. Calling lawmakers “thieves, corrupt, and traitors,” the conservative head of state declared a witch hunt...

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