Ecuador's new president vows to end "the era of the caudillos" and recover the "democratic soul"

The businessman, banker and center-right politician Guillermo Lasso, who this Monday was sworn in as the new president of Ecuador, has exhorted all his fellow citizens in his inauguration speech to ask themselves why a “so rich” country has such a “poor people” and has blamed that inheritance on rulers who incurred in “caudillismo” over the years.

“In this Executive that is born today, of the new century of republicanism, the era of the caudillos ends … The era of warlords is over!“Lasso has proclaimed in his speech. He has also assured that” he will govern for all, “including the most vulnerable sectors of society, and to restore the values ​​of the struggle of Ecuadorian patriots two hundred years ago.

“The political persecution in Ecuador is over (…) I have not come to satisfy the hunger of a few, but the hunger of many “, he has assured and has promised to strengthen democracy to end” lacerating inequalities between the rural and urban world. ” she has failed her youth in education and creation of opportunities, which keeps her retirees in the most humiliating oblivion and where being a woman is not a factor of disadvantage, but an existential danger “.

He has also stated that in his administration “the road to the meeting Ecuador begins”, that collects its social diversity and the different orientations of thought, with the aim of reaching an equitable and prosperous country.

The taking of the oath was in charge of the president of the National Assembly, Guadalupe Llori, who imposed the presidential sash and the decoration of the Great Necklace of the National Order of Merit, the highest award of the Ecuadorian State. What’s more, high authorities from several friendly countries attended, including the King of Spain, Felipe VI.

President has also signed its first executive decree, by which he has assumed the Constitutional Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador for the next four years.

After the inauguration, the outgoing president, Lenín Moreno, and his vice president, María Alejandra Muñoz, have left the Legislative Palace amid applause from his followers, although some cry of reproach against the ex-president has also been heard.

International presence

In addition, Felipe VI have come the presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro; Haiti, Jovenel Moise; Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader; as well as the foreign ministers of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Guatemala, Bolivia, Spain and Argentina.

Lasso, 65, replaces Moreno, who leaves power after four years as president of a country burdened by an acute economic and health crisis, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After the investiture, the new president must go to the Palacio de Carondelet, the seat of the Government, to occupy his office and sign the executive decrees with which officially designates his Cabinet of Ministers and main collaborators.

Lasso has already announced, among others, Mauricio Montalvo as his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simón Cueva in Economics, and Fernando Donoso in Defense.


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