Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso asked the government to step down on Wednesday, less than a year after taking office, at a time when the country is experiencing a serious criminal crisis.
Quito, Ecuador. The resignation request was advanced by the Presidency’s Communication Secretariat, which added that Lasso intends to replace the current holders of the Energy, Agriculture and Human Rights portfolios.
On Tuesday, the Ecuadorian president had already appointed Xavier Vera, former energy minister, to replace Juan Carlos Bermeo as defense minister.
The conservative Lasso will complete the first of four years in office on 24 May.
A year marked for a war between the government and drug traffickers, which has led to a rise in crime and deadly clashes between rival groups, including in prisons, where 350 detainees have died since February 2021. Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo acknowledged last week that Ecuador was experiencing a criminal crisis, which has killed 1,180 people since the beginning of 2022.
In 2021, Ecuador seized a record 210 tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, and in the first four months of the year, drug seizures have already reached 75 tons. Ecuador | PR Asks to Resign from the Government in Less Than a Year in Power
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