Guillermo Lasso spoke about the results of the referendum in Ecuador: “I accept that the majority does not agree”
The president called on political leaders to build a grand national agreement with the intention of solving the country's problems. He stressed that citizen demands are the same when it comes to improving the areas of safety, health, employment and education
Yalilé LoaizaFrom Quito
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso conceded defeat in the referendum he sponsored.
After an overwhelming defeat in the referendum sponsored by his administration, Ecuadorian President < b>Guillermo Lasso, pronounced on the night of February 6 and assured that “when the people speak, it is the duty of the rulers to analyze, understand and accept it” and reiterated that the call for the referendum was intended to measure citizen demands
In a video transmission from the Carondelet Palace, in Quito, the president indicated that the objective of the referendum, held on Sunday, February 5, “was always to listen to them (the Ecuadorians), whatever their pronouncement.” Lasso assured that, despite the results, he is sure that the axes proposed in his referendum are urgent and necessary for the well-being of the country.
In addition, the president called on political leaders to build a great national agreement: “They have asked us to solve the problems of our people.” For Lasso it is necessary that there be a “broad and serious debate, without dogmas or ideologies” and that the solutions can be reflected in a common project: “If we agree, a great future awaits us”, he assured.
Voters rejected the central government's policy proposals. Guillermo Lasso still has to govern for two more years. REUTERS/Karen Toro
Regarding the results that show a tough electoral and political defeat for the administration of Guillermo Lasso, since the central government lost in the eight questions he raised, the president said he was sure that even those who voted against the amendments want the same for the nation: “We are certain that beyond the results of the referendum, the vast majority of you yearn for a better country,” he said. At the same time, he assured that he accepts that the majority does not agree with what his administration has promoted in the consultation.
The president stressed that citizen demands they are the same when it comes to improving the areas of safety, health, employment, and education: “We are not going to evade this responsibility… our commitment becomes stronger,” he stressed.
The results of the referendum began to be displayed at dawn. However, during the afternoon of this February 6, the data showed an irreversible trend. Until 20:00 (local time) on Monday, the percentage of tally sheets scrutinized exceeded more than 60 percent in all questions.
The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, assured that the main objective of the referendum was to listen to the citizens.
With 95.4% progress in the counting, the first question on allowing the extradition of Ecuadorians who have committed crimes related to transnational organized crime presented 48.5% in favor of Yes and 51.4% in favor of No.
In the second question regarding making changes to the Judicial Council and the General Prosecutor's Officel, with the purpose of providing greater autonomy to the latter institution, No prevailed over Yes with 56.6 percent. The scrutiny in this case is 95.4 percent.
The reduction of legislatorsin congress was the third question posed by the Executive. Despite the low popular acceptance of the current deputies, the vote showed 53.3% in favor of No, when 87 percent of the minutes have been scrutinized.
The question about reducing legislators in congress also lost in the referendum despite the little acceptance of the deputies' management (EFE/José Jácome)
Question four, about demanding to political movements that have a minimum number of affiliates and oblige them to keep a register of their members audited periodically by the National Electoral Council, has been scrutinized by 74.5 percent. The No obtained 55.8% of the valid votes.
In the fifth and sixth questions, both referring to the change in the form of election control authorities, which included the modification of the powers of the Citizen Participation Council, the No reached 59% of the vote. So far, the scrutiny of the two questions is at 73% and 72% , respectively.
The last two questions posed by the Executive had the environment as their main theme. Question number seven sought to amend the Constitution to incorporate a water protection subsystem into the National System of Protected Areas, while the last question sought to deliver compensations duly regularized by the State , to people who generate environmental services. In both questions, scrutinized in more than 60%, No won with 56.3% and 57.3 percent, respectively.