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Ecuadorian Congress Resumes Political Trial Against Former President Guillermo Lasso

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Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Ecuadorian Congress Resumes Political Trial Against Former President Guillermo Lasso

The Ecuadorian Congress has declared the recommencement of the political trial against former President Guillermo Lasso. This trial was adjourned in May when Lasso, in a bold move, dissolved the Legislative Branch to trigger early elections - a maneuver perceived as an attempt to dodge potential penalties.

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The National Assembly of Ecuador has slated the session to resume the trial this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Admissibility Opinion from the Constitutional Court

The trial initially began on May 16, under the charge of embezzlement, a crime for which the Constitutional Court had provided an admissibility opinion. Lasso, who was the nation's leader from 2021 to 2023, had then vociferously declared his innocence in the face of alleged corruption charges.

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Oil Transportation Contract Controversy

At the time, the opposition, although a majority, was splintered and was pushing for Lasso's dismissal. Their prime contention was an oil transportation contract with Amazonas Tanker Group that culminated in losses exceeding $6 million.

Aftereffects of the 'Cross-Death' Mechanism

The day following the commencement of the trial, Lasso invoked the 'cross-death' mechanism to disband the Congress and call for early elections. This subsequently led to the victory of the current President, Daniel Noboa. Despite the Congress's inability to now unseat Lasso, they hold the power to censure him, which could result in the suspension of his political rights. It's worth noting that Lasso did not complete his presidential term and had to deal with considerable hurdles from the group associated with former President Rafael Correa within the Congress.

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