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Ecuador News

President and four members of the national judicial council are sacked by oversight committee

Gustavo Jalkh, president of Ecuador’s Judicial Council, was fired Monday by the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (Cpccs). Cpccs, which maintains oversight of federal administrative functions, claimed that Jalkh and four other members of the judicial council improperly interfered in court functions based on personal and political interests.

Gustavo Jalkh

The judicial council is responsible for the appointment of judges as well as disciplinary action against court employees

In a unanimous decision, the Cpccs said, “It has been proven that the members of the Judiciary Council allowed conflicts of interest to intercede in the execution of their functions … to favor the interests of the government.”

Cpccs said its decision was based on a “thorough investigation” after it received hundreds of citizen complaints of judicial irregularities.

Last year, several news organizations published a series of emails between former President Rafael Correa and Jalkh allegedly showing interference in court decisions that the government disagreed with. In the emails, Jalkh indicated he would pursue disciplinary action against judges that Correa disliked.