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  • The Executive Decree 660 was signed on Tuesday, February 5.

    The Executive Decree 660 was signed on Tuesday, February 5. | Photo: EFE

Published 8 February 2019

Through a presidential decree, the Ecuadorean government is being restructured accordingly to the austerity-favoring "State Optimization Plan."

The Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed on Tuesday the Executive Decree 660, that calls for the government's reorganization, and the creation of a Strategic Cabinet and Sectoral Cabinets, each of which will be headed by a "delegate of the President of the Republic."

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According to local and social media, Lenin Moreno is delegating part of his functions as President of the Republic primarily to four Secretaries of the Ecuadorean Presidency. The aforementioned "delegates" are Juan Sebastian Roldan, Andres Michelena, Maria Paula Romo and Jose Augusto Briones.

The Ecuadorean Vice-President Otto Sonnenholzner will be included in the transformation process, but will act under the directives of the aforementioned secretaries, even if the Constitution states that he is hierarchically above them , reported the local media Ecuadorinmediato.

The Compromiso Social RC5 (Social Commitment) party, which represents the leaders of the Ecuadorean Citizen Revolution process, led by former President Rafael Correa, released an official statement arguing that President Lenin Moreno has put into effect a "resignation of Responsibilities through Decree."

"Decree 660 signals the delegation of constitutional duties assigned to the President that are prohibited from being delegated," stated the RC5 party. After Decree 660 was made public through social media, former President Correa described Moreno's decision as "inadmissible."

According to Correa, "If he (Lenin Moreno) is unable to govern, he should call for a 'Crossed Death' (a clause established in the Constitution in which the National Assembly and the President of the Republic would be declared destitute and elections would be called), but do not continue destroying the Homeland," he said through Twitter.

The official Decree 660 was allegedly signed on Tuesday, February 5, and it drastically changes the structure of the government. It states that "it is necessary to rethink the current institutional structure and modification of the Sectoral Councils into Sectoral Cabinets in order to strengthen the review, articulation, coordination, harmonization and approval of the intersectoral policy given in the State Optimization Plan."


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