Ecuador vice president resigns amid investigation over payments

December 10, 2018

December, 12 2018 (Reuters)

QUITO  – Ecuador’s Vice President Maria Vicuna announced her resignation on Tuesday, one day after President Lenin Moreno relieved her of duties amid an investigation into payments she received as a legislator years ago.

Vicuna’s resignation was the second time a vice president left since Moreno took office in May 2017. Moreno on Monday assigned Secretary General Jose Augusto Briones with the duties of vice president, without specifying for how long.

Prosecutors are investigating funds that Vicuna received from a former adviser between 2011 and 2013 while she was a legislator for former leftist president Rafael Correa’s Country Alliance (AP) party. Moreno said he took the decision so she could defend herself, but she had remained in office until resigning.