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    Maria Alejandra Vicuna is Ecuador's new Acting Vice President | Photo: Andes/Archive

Published 4 October 2017

The appointment is temporary but could become permanent if Vicuna remains in the position for three months.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has appointed the former Housing Minister Maria Alejandra Vicuna as the nation's acting Vice President following the pre-trial detention of her predecessor, Jorge Glas.

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Vicuna also served as a member of Ecuadorean National Assembly during Rafael Correa's presidency. 

She said she appreciated Moreno's confidence in her and assumed the responsibility "with the firm commitment to strengthen" the Citizen Revolution, promoted by Correa during his decade long term in office from 2007 to 2017.

On Monday, Glas turned himself in under a preventive detention order as he continues to be investigated on allegations of corruption. He is being been held in a prison in the capital Quito.

Glas formally remains the nation's Vice President.

Moreno stripped him of his powers in August because of his alleged involvement in the Odebrecht corruption scandal. 

Glas denies any wrongdoing and says he was being framed by the attorney general's office.

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The appointment of Vicuna is meant to be temporary but could become permanent if she remains in the position for three months while the Vice President fights the charges against him.

Moreno also announced on Wednesday that a mission of the International Monetary Fund will visit the country next month, due to the difficult economic situation.

"Of course this would not solve all the problems, it's a large spectrum, a wide range of measures that need to be taken," he told a news conference.

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