The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, officially announced on Friday his decision to divide the Creating Opportunities bill into three and will present two of them to the Assembly for analysis and approval, the Communication Secretariat reported.
“Two of the projects will be sent in the next few days, classified as urgent in economic matters,” says an official statement.
And he adds that this decision “is based on the fact that a state of exception is currently in force”, declared by decree, “which allows the Executive to send two bills urgently.”
This conditioning offers the Assembly a period of 30 days to process both projects, and that they are not left for unlimited debate.
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION | The General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency informs that the president @LassoGuillermo has decided to divide the draft Law for the Creation of Opportunities into three parts for its respective delivery to the @AssemblyEcuador.#ThisIsTheOpportunity pic.twitter.com/La4tLPg638
– Communication Ecuador (@ComunicacionEc) October 16, 2021
The delivery of the project in blocks responds to the stiff opposition that it had created between social and political groups, since at the end of September the Legislative Administration Council (CAL) of the Assembly had returned it to the Presidency.
“Creating Opportunities” is the Lasso government’s flagship project to reactivate the economy, but its fiscal and labor reforms had aroused social suspicion. In fact, it led to a confrontation between the Executive and Legislative powers with suggestions of a possible “cross death”, that is, the dissolution of the Assembly by the president.
Lasso has complained that the Assembly, where it barely has the support of 35 seats out of a total of 137, is deliberately obstructing the National Development Plan, an argument to apply article 148 of the Constitution to cross-kill.
Today, in his statement, the president explains that by dividing the project into three, the Government “will continue to insist – through all legal, democratic and constitutional mechanisms – on the generation of opportunities for all Ecuadorians.”
The climate of political tension is exacerbated by the appearance of Lasso in the Pandora Papers, which has led the opposition to request the opening of investigations and even to dismiss him.
For the time being, the government will insist on economic and labor reforms, to which it has introduced certain changes to soften the opposition of the assembly members.
In a meeting with local journalists this afternoon, the president has assured that in case the project does not prosper again in the Assembly, he does not rule out the application of cross-death.