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Ecuador President Faces Impeachment Showdown With Opposition

  • Congress resumed Tuesday the debate on the president’s removal
  • Bonds plunged after Lasso cancels negotiations with protesters
Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador's president, speaks to members of the media during the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, US, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 

Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador's president, speaks to members of the media during the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, US, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 

Photographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg
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Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso faces the threat of being removed from office as a hostile congress resumes an impeachment debate on Tuesday after violent protests paralyzed broad swathes of the South American country. 

The fragmented National Assembly resumed the debate midday after extensive deliberations over the weekend. President Virgilio Saquicela, an independent, told reporters on Tuesday morning that he intended to call for the vote right after the debate finishes even if the rules say he has up to 72 hours to conclude the process.