Protests in Ecuador: the government abolishes the state of exception while the National Assembly discusses the impeachment of the president

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June 26, 2022

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The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, repealed this Saturday the state of exception “due to serious internal commotion”, one of the requests of indigenous groups that are the protagonists of the protests that have convulsed the country for 13 days and that have left at least 6 dead. .

The announcement took place while the plenary session of the National Assembly held a virtual session to discuss, as the only point, a request for the removal of Lasso, promoted by the legislators who follow the former president. Rafael Correa.

More than 40 assembly members collected the necessary votes on Friday to start the process against the president, who is experiencing one of the worst crises of his government due to the demonstrations.

Among the main claims of those protesting is the decrease in fuel prices and greater social investment in sectors such as health and education.