With 77 votes in favor and 31 against, former Interior Minister Jose Serrano from the governing socialist coalition PAIS Alliance became Ecuador's new president of the National Assembly Sunday for the next four years, as the lower chamber appointed lawmakers to its main leadership positions 10 days before President-elect Lenin Moreno will formally take office.
“The differences and disagreements we can find in plenary sessions are part of the diversity and wealth of the country,” stated Serrano in his first speech after being selected for the position.
The lawmaker outlined his objectives for the five next years, including having an open-door approach while staying in line with the party's campaign promises, deepening tax justice and strengthening international relations, among others.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly's new vice president is Viviana Bonilla, from the same coalition, who also emphasized the tax reform as the priority of her mandate, along with “objectivity” in debates. She reminded the opposition lawmakers that what made a bill “good or bad” was not “who proposed it” but rather the “well-being” it would bring to the country.
With 74 seats out of a total of 137 available in the National Assembly, the future socialist president can rely on the absolute majority to support his agenda.