QUITO: Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas lost his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months—locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption. He was given his six-year sentence on December 13 by Ecuador’s Supreme Court after being found guilty of receiving $13.5 million in Odebrecht kickbacks. That means that at midnight Tuesday (0500 GMT Wednesday), Glas had failed to execute his functions as vice president for the three months allowed under the constitution. Two people were seen as best-placed to succeed Glas: current acting vice president Maria Vicuna, and Industries Minister Eva Garcia. Ecuadoran prosecutors said Odebrecht spent $47.3 million in bribes in their country to get public contracts.
Source: Manila Times January 03, 2018 14:26 UTC