RULED: State of emergency deemed unconstitutional
Constitutional Court ruled that Decree 1217 for a State of Emergency declared by President Lenín Moreno on December 21, 2020 is unconstitutional. The Court found that the president based the state of emergency on a possible future risk and not a current one, without sufficient, clear and specific information. Since states of exception operate in the face of current and certain circumstances, the actual occurrence of the events was not justified. The President responded that his government will abide by the ruling of the Court because it is "respectful of the rule of law". He further stated that in large cities, the Intensive Care Units (ICU) are "on the brink" and that there may be an upturn in infections in January, for which they have a "contingency plan."
“Due to the foregoing, the Court decided:
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