Quito, Nov 15 (EFE).- The future chancellor of Ecuador, Gabriela Sommerfeld, assured this Wednesday that she was unaware of the content of the meeting that the elected vice president, Verónica Abad, held on Monday in Madrid with the leader of the Spanish far-right party Vox, Santiago Abascal.
“We have to ask the vice president what she had in that meeting,” Sommerfeld responded when asked by journalists at the exit of the event where the National Electoral Council (CNE) handed out the credentials to Daniel Noboa and Verónica Abad as the elected president and vice president. , respectively.
“I do not know the content of the meeting,” reiterated the businesswoman, already appointed by Noboa to head the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry.
According to a statement from Vox, the meeting was at the headquarters of this party in Madrid within the framework of the third Iberosphere Summit, organized by the ECR group (Group of European Conservatives and Reformists) in the European Parliament.
Iberosphere is a term that Vox frequently uses to refer to Latin America, and which it defines as a community of free nations with more than 700 million people who share a cultural heritage.
At that meeting, both agreed on “the unprecedented opportunity” that they both believe the new Government of Ecuador represents to “strengthen the historical ties between Spain and Latin America.”
Meanwhile, Abascal considered that the result of the last elections in Ecuador has shown that “the Ecuadorian people have resisted the tyrannical temptation of the radical left and have provided a message of democratic exemplarity.”
At the same time as this meeting, a pact was finalized in Quito between the Citizen Revolution, the movement led by former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017); the conservative Social Christian Party (PSC) and the National Democratic Action alliance (ADN), of Noboa, to appoint the authorities of the National Assembly (Parliament).
The meeting held by Abad with the president of Vox surprised Ecuador as it had not been previously announced, nor was the trip he made last week to Lima, where he met with the Prime Minister of Peru, Alberto Otárola, the president of the Peruvian Congress, Alejandro Soto, and with authorities in charge of monitoring the evolution of the El Niño climate phenomenon.
During the ceremony to present credentials as winners of the elections, Noboa and Abad barely interacted.
In his speech, and without mentioning names, the president-elect commented that the path to the top, towards the Presidency of the Republic, “also has betrayals, many times from people that one does not even expect, people that one chooses, but, so “It’s life, that’s human nature.”
Noboa’s presidential investiture will take place next Thursday, October 23, to begin a short term of about sixteen months, since the 2021-2025 period must end, interrupted by the current president, Guillermo Lasso, when applying last May the constitutional mechanism of “crossed death.”
With this resource, Lasso alleged a political blockade to dissolve the National Assembly, at a time when it, controlled by the opposition led by Correismo, was preparing to vote on his dismissal, as the last step of a political trial in which He was accused of alleged embezzlement (embezzlement).