QUITO – Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno divested on Thursday Vice President Jorge Glas of “all duties” after a dispute arose between them and the VP criticized Moreno’s management of government.
The president issued a decree to that effect, which was sent to the media by the Communications Secretariat on Thursday.
According to the decree, no time limit was set on the removal of Glas’s functions.
It also specified that Glas will withdraw from membership on the Executive Committee of the Productive and Tax Consultative Council, as well as from the committee dealing with reconstruction in the zones affected by the April 2016 earthquake.
In the decree, Moreno says that the functioning of the Revolucion Ciudadana – launched by former President Rafael Correa in 2007 and for which Glas also served as vice president – “is based on a new form of social coexistence in diversity and harmony.”
The tension between Moreno and the wing most loyal to Correa, to which Glas belongs, sharpened last Friday when the president announced – in a speech to the nation – the country’s public debt figures and said that Ecuador’s financial situation is “critical.”
On Wednesday, the VP joined in criticizing Correa over the economic figures and in a public letter also reproached certain moves by the new President, who took office on May 24.
Glas said on Thursday that he did not know how serious his relationship with Moreno had become.
He insisted that he will not resign the post to which he was elected last April for a four-year term, despite the growing demands along those lines due to suspicions of corruption.
At a Thursday afternoon press conference Glas said that he would continue as vice president, despite the fact that his official duties have been removed.
“Regardless of whether they’ve taken away my official functions, I’ll continue being the vice president of all Ecuadorians. I’ll continue working together with the poor of my homeland,” he said, adding that he planned to continue “working for the complete eradication of poverty.”