QUITO (Ecuador) – May 24 (AP) – Ecuador’s National Electoral Commission announced Tuesday that after President Guillermo Lasso ordered the dissolution of the National Assembly last week and brought forward a vote scheduled for 2025, A snap presidential election will be held on August 20.
Russo’s decision to dissolve the opposition-led legislature comes as lawmakers seek to impeach him for failing to block a deal between the state oil shipping company and a private tanker company, allegations he denies.
In dissolving Congress, the president first used the options given to him by the Constitution to conflict with the legislative branch.
Elections for parliament and the presidency must be held within three months, with the winner serving the remainder of the elected official’s term.
If there is no clear winner, a runoff vote will be held in October.
Russo has the option to run in the presidential election.
During this period, he can rule by decree for up to six months.
Ecuador’s Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected multiple challenges seeking to invalidate Lasso’s decree dissolving the National Assembly.
Russo, 67, a former right-wing banker, came to power in May 2021 for a four-year term after winning the general election. (Associated Press)
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