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National Assembly analyzes sentence of the Constitutional Court before taking possession of five substitute councilors of the CPCCS

The president of the National Assembly, Virgilio Saquicela, analyzes the sentence issued by the Constitutional Court that dismissed the seven councilors of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS), for non-compliance with the sentence in the appointment of the member of the Council of the Judiciary .

The highest authority of the legislature does not rule out the possession, in the next week, of substitute councilors, taking as a reference the information provided by the National Electoral Council since November 21, 2022, which includes the list of substitute councilors who must take possession

On January 9, was the last call made by Saquicela to the plenary session of Parliament for session 836, for January 11 at 8:00 p.m., in order to: “take possession of the alternate counselors of the CPCCS, of In accordance with both numeral 12 of article 9 of the Law of the Legislative Function, as well as with the content of the official letter of November 21, 2022, of the National Electoral Council”, that session was suspended without explaining its reasons.

Saquicela recalled that the pronouncement of the Constitutional Court is mandatory and the only thing left is to apply it, such as the dismissal of the seven directors, four of whom were dismissed by Parliament, he insisted.

He said that at the moment he is reviewing the sentence, which is quite extensive because it analyzes various topics, including the elections of the new councilors that will take place in a few more days; and after that analysis, a decision will be made in what is the responsibility of the National Assembly, the legislative authority specified.

Virgilio Saquicela does not rule out that the plenary proceed to install the new directors, that this decision is tied to the analysis that it carries out on the content of the sentence.

In the midst of this analysis, the substitute councilor Carlos Figueroa, came to Parliament and said that he hopes to be summoned by the president of the Assembly, Virgilio Saquicela, to take office, appoint the new authorities of the Council and subsequently apply a “clear and it goes again”, since he maintained that any process initiated to designate control authorities will be reviewed.

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The political sectors of Parliament reacted positively to the decision of the Constitutional Court, there were no contrary reactions.

Jorge Abedrabbo of the PSC block maintained that justice arrives even if late; In the removal of the seven councilors, there is no room for any judge in the country to make a contrary decision. The important thing about all this is that the powers of the State cannot be run over, he reflected.

His co-ideator, Luis Almeida, spoke that his niece, Sofía Almeida, who was a CPCCS adviser, was sacrificed in the decision of the Constitutional Court, because she along with two other advisers “were not sabotaging the appointment of the member and president of the Council of the Judiciary, but there was the black hand of Aparicio Caicedo; in any case, as the country breathes a little more, as a result of the fact that Hernán Ulloa will no longer be on the Council”.

Regarding a possible dismissal of those assembly members who did not comply with the sentence of the constitutional judge related to the impeachment of the four CPCCS advisers, assembly member Abedrabbo, maintained that it will be a decision of the Constitutional Court and the PSC bloc, will be respectful of whatever you decide

The legislator of the correísta bench, Gisella Garzón, maintained that the reading made by some assembly members and political actors that the decision of the Constitutional Court would give way to a possible dismissal of those legislators who prosecuted and dismissed four CPCCS councilors has no basis.

He said that in the judgment, in paragraph 231, it states “this Court clarifies that the verification process and the decisions adopted in this order are independent of the political oversight processes of the National Assembly.”

He maintained that in the same paragraph, the Court recognizes and ratifies that it has powers of political control in the Constitution; therefore, a possibility of dismissal under these characteristics has no basis.

The pro-government assembly member, Ana Belén Cordero, lamented that an institution other than the Assembly had to “do its homework” to the Assembly on the issue of the CPCCS; because there was always talk of the dismissal and censure of the seven councilors.

Cordero considered that the ruling of the Constitutional Court could not constitute a precedent to proceed to dismiss the assembly members, because it is a different sentence, but it will be the Court that determines that.

The assemblyman, Ricardo Vanegas (PK), stated that with the sentence, the Constitutional Court sent a clear and direct message, that in the country no public official is above the Constitution, and all constitutional resolutions must be fully complied with.

This precedent, he added, constitutes a call to attention to public officials, that anyone who does not comply with the provisions issued by judges will soon be at home for non-compliance.

He denounced that the legislative majority (PSC-UNES) dedicated itself to preventing the substitutes of the CPCCS from being appointed in a timely manner; because at the moment the Participation Council is in headlessness, due to the direct responsibility of the person who presides over this Assembly. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso


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