The National Assembly of Ecuador has confirmed the Director of National Customs Service, María Alejandra Muñoz, as the country’s vice president, the fourth person to hold office under President Lenín Moreno’s government after former vice president Otto Sonnenholzner resigned.
The vote ended with 75 votes to 22, with 38 abstentions. The plenary session of the assembly began after 7:00 p.m. local time, and Muñoz was the third name on a list proposed by Moreno, which included Government Minister María Paula Romo and Cabinet Secretary Juan Sebastián Roldán, in that order.
Romo in turn received 36 votes, 87 against, one white and 11 abstentions. Roldán has received 12 positive votes, 88 negative votes and 35 abstentions. According to the local newspaper ‘El Comercio’, 70 votes were required to reach the vice presidency.
Moreno has congratulated Muñoz on the social network Twitter and invited him to “not waste a minute in strengthening Ecuador’s democracy”.