2023 Ecuadorian political crisis

event in Ecuador

A political crisis began in Ecuador on 17 May 2023 because the impeachment trial against President Guillermo Lasso. The impeachment process began in the National Assembly on 9 May and lasted until 17 May when Lasso dissolved parliament through the constitutional measure known as muerte cruzada ("mutual death").[1] This ended of the impeachment inquiry, it dissolved the National Assembly and caused an earlier general election.[2]

2023 Ecuadorian political crisis
Lasso appearing before the National Assembly during his impeachment inquiry on 16 May 2023, the day before he invoked muerte cruzada
Date17 May 2023 – 24 May 2023
TypeParliamentary crisis
CausePresident Guillermo Lasso invoked muerte cruzada
OutcomeDissolution of the National Assembly
2023 general election triggered


  1. "Ecuador president dissolves legislature, bringing vote forward". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  2. "Ecuador's president dismisses legislature as it tries to oust him, in a move that promises turmoil". AP. 17 May 2023. Retrieved 18 May 2023.