Ecuador’s parliament has voted to fire the president as anti-government protests spread beyond the capital. A total of 60 congressmen from the 100 seat chamber voted to get rid of Lucio Gutierrez, and named vice president Alfredo Palacio in his place.
Lucio Gutierrez has now apparently fled the presidential palace moments after the army withdrew its support for him – Alfredo Palacio has now moved in.
Demonstrators have been out on the streets of Quito all week calling for Guttierez’s resignation . The embattled leader is accused of widespread corruption and had refused to step down. But now it appears that he is the third Ecuadorian President to be toppled amid popular unrest since 1997.
The country has been in political crisis since December when Guttierez sacked the Supreme Court Judges claiming they were biased against him. He fired the judges in their place last Friday in a failed bid to calm tensions.