A member of the National Assembly and two citizens, affiliated with the governing PAIS Alliance movement, were detained by police just hours after an announcement by President Rafael Correa in his state of the union address on Sunday that corruption will not be tolerated under the Citizens’ Revolution.
Politician Esperanza Galvan has confessed to engaging in irregular activities, as she allegedly solicited US$800,000 under Vice President Jorge Glas’ name from Miguel Salvatierra, the manager of a national contracting firm, passing the money through an intermediary. With this revelation, calls have been made for Galvan’s removal from the National Assembly.
Vice President Glas said, “I request that the National Legislative Assembly immediately follows necessary procedures to expel legislator Esperanza Galvan from the National Assembly, as consequence of the actions.”
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