©Reuters. Lasso calls legislators “thieves” for voting against his Investment Law
Quito, March 24 (.).- The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, expressed his discontent after learning that the National Assembly (Parliament) denied and filed his bill for the promotion of investments and branded legislators as “thieves” who rejected his proposal.
With the affirmative vote of 87 legislators, 44 negative and 3 abstentions, the plenary session of the Ecuadorian Assembly approved this Thursday a motion to “deny and file” the Government’s bill.
“Today, the National Assembly turned its back on the country”, to women and young people who are clamoring for employment, said the president in a message on social networks and denounced that legislators even tried to blackmail the government.
“This law has been denied because we have not accepted the blackmail” of politicians who have asked for “hospitals, electricity companies, ministries in exchange for their votes,” said Lasso, visibly upset by the result of the parliamentary vote.
And although he did not specify names, he said that “the last straw” has been that of legislators “who have come to ask the government for money.”
“We can’t allow corruption,” Lasso added, saying someone has suggested that he be allowed to evade taxes.
“In this country, the truth must be told,” Lasso emphasized after assuring that his administration will analyze “all the alternatives” that the Constitution allows “to insist and fight for that opportunity that the Ecuadorian people aspire” to have an investment law .
“They are thieves and corrupt, it must be said clearly” and the people are “outraged against these politicians,” insisted the conservative leader and former banker.
“As President of the Republic, I have the obligation to find the best constitutional paths to achieve the opportunities that you deserve,” he affirmed, and concluded: “First you, then these thieves.”
The Investment Law proposed by Lasso contemplated attracting some 30,000 million dollars in investment and generating more than 2 million jobs, with a commitment to developing public-private partnerships in the country.
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