The first year of management of the National Assembly will end in a week. From 1 to 10, how would you rate it?
I rate 10. Listen to what I have to say, I rate 10, because the legal, supervisory and administrative work is 10/10. If politicians want to tarnish our good deeds, that is another matter. Sometimes there are up to 26 committee sessions a day, four CAL sessions a week, two full sessions. People have told us to do this. The Assembly does not perform its functions, but it does make, legislate, and oversee.
Can you point out three errors that you can recognize during this time?
(He took seven seconds before answering and sighed.) As Speaker of the Assembly, I did not violate any parliamentary rules or procedures. In addition, I fully adhere to my abilities and qualities. I don’t know if it’s a political error, perhaps, there has been very little communication.
And complaints about plans to buy a high-priced vehicle or a deal for the event with the ান 6 Empanadas?
Well, they said it all. But they too have not been able to prove anything completely. In reality, everything has been an absolute lie.
Why did it become the “apple of contention” in Pachakutik?
It was a surprise to me when I learned that six members of the five-member legislature who had declared themselves rebels had even asked for a multi-party commission. When I found out, I remember tweeting that I was sorry at first, then angry; Because I expected this attitude from another bench, not from my own colleagues. There was some internal friction, but this is common to all benches, not just pachakutik. But I think there are other kinds of interests behind them, for example, they feel very protected by their partner Leo Iza. They just joined the pachakuti while we, with the Salvador Quishop, have been at the pachakuti for over 25 years.
The rebels accuse you of being pro-government.
I am not a government official. I have been proud of Pachkutik for 25 years. Also, I don’t understand why they accuse me of being pro-government; Because if you remember correctly, at the beginning of my administration, when they sent us the first urgent economic law to qualify, we sent it back because it didn’t meet the requirements. They waged a fierce campaign against the assembly. This was one of our first humiliating crises.
Have you met with President Lasso or a government minister?
No. Instead, I went to a few meetings. For example, the latest was the appointment of an anti-corruption secretary.
And you were able to talk to Lasso?
Couldn’t talk yet.
If the multi-party commission for his investigation decides for 81 votes and his dismissal depends on 70 votes, then what is his fate?
Well, you know that everything that starts badly ends badly and this process is flawed from the beginning.
What do you say to those who want to judge politics?
No. We have ended the political issue. I was always looking for a dignified way, but the answer was arrogance, arrogance … and it reminded me of my past when I was tortured, when I was taken prisoner.
And don’t you think that you have gone too far? Prosecutor’s Office orders investigation into 93 MPs?
No, because before they removed the president because they had no procedures, there was no law for them. Thus, former President Jose Serrano was removed by vote and there was no procedure. From there, there was a reform of the law, where the procedure for dismissal of an authority existed. So Parliament must be respected.
Won’t you withdraw the charges against them?
I have filed a complaint; But until then. From there I didn’t recognize the signature and signature, I didn’t even render my version.
What did you ask the judge for security?
Once they violated the procedure, due process, legal certainty, I requested protection from the appropriate judge and now we are awaiting the decision.
Will you present yourself in the commission depending on it?
Yes, depending on that resolution.
What will he do if he is removed from the presidency?
If they want to get me out, get me out, I’m here; They have already said that they have a majority, they have kicked me out.
Lori Abarca in Guadalupe
(Francisco de Orellana Port, 1963). He is a lawyer, a graduate of the Catholic University of Guayaquil.
He was mayor of Francisco de Orellana and prefect of Orellana for Pachakutik. In 2007, he went on strike in protest of the oil spill. Raphael Correa declared a state of emergency and was charged with terrorism. He received a general pardon from the assembly.