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The Agriculture Minister was mentioned in police investigations into the activities of Ruben Cherres, a businessman who could be linked to the Albanian mafia.
On Tuesday, Ecuador's Agriculture Minister Bernardo Manzano submitted his resignation to President Guillermo Lasso amid a corruption scandal. This happened after the disclosure of a confidential report prepared by the anti-drug police.
A few hours after the data was revealed, Manzano resigned from his ministerial position "to prevent this unfortunate coincidence from being used to harm the Government."
The leaked intelligence report also contains information that compromises President Lasso's brother-in-law, Danilo Carrera, a businessman whom La Posta points out as the "godfather" of an alleged network of corruption within public companies in the electricity sector.
Once the confidential data was leaked, the Lasso administration said that the police report had been archived a year ago because it did not contain elements to open legal proceedings against those allegedly involved.
This official explanation, however, was not enough to appease the political crisis that Ecuador is currently experiencing.
Several benches of the Congress are currently analyzing the possibility of calling a political trial, which could lead to the censorship and dismissal of Lasso as President of the Republic.
#Ecuador | The National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) reported that the price of the basic family basket (CFB) increased by $40.32 compared to January 2022. pic.twitter.com/qVcTk8BNZg