Ecuadorian President Dissolves National Assembly Ahead of Impeachment Trial

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso has dissolved the National Assembly ahead of an impeachment trial over accusations of corruption and embezzlement, which he denies.

This is a measure within Ecuador’s constitution known as muerte cruzada, or cross-death, where the president can dissolve the National Assembly if they feel that the legislative body is hindering the ability to govern.

Snap elections for the presidency and National Assembly are required to be held within the next six months, however, during this time Lasso can rule by decree.