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Guillermo Lasso confirms that he is leaving the presidency of Ecuador “through the front door”.

Guillermo Lasso confirms that he is leaving the presidency of Ecuador “through the front door”.

Caracas.- The outgoing President of Ecuador, the conservative Guillermo Lasso, declared this Thursday that he is leaving office “through the front door” to hand over the mandate to his successor Daniel Noboa, who will complete the period 2021-2025.

In his last public act as president before handing over the mandate to Noboa, Lasso justified himself, as he had done in previous days, by presenting a documentary and a book that summarized the most notable achievements of his administration.

“I am walking through the great door of Carondelet, the door of democracy,” Lasso said at an event with fellows from his government in the courtyard of the Carondelet presidential palace in the historic center of Quito.

His political opponents think otherwise, given the wave of criminal violence sweeping the country, which experts say could result in Ecuador ending the year as one of Latin America’s most violent countries, with a murder rate of around 40 per 100,000 residents.

In other public interventions, Lasso also stated that he was leaving behind a better country than he received, particularly by arguing that democracy had been preserved.

At the presentation of his book “900 Days: Democracy and Results”, Lasso defended his decision to use the constitutional instrument of “crossed death” last May, with which he dissolved the National Assembly (Parliament) with an opposition majority and called for new parliamentary elections.

Lasso chose this path, claiming a political blockade by the legislature and risking being dismissed by it as the last step in a political process in which the opposition led by Correismo accused him of alleged embezzlement, a charge that he rejects.

With information from Efe

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