Three Vice Presidential nominees have been handpicked by Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno. The candidates are Maria Alejandra Vicuña, the current acting Vice President; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the Foreign Relations Minister; and Rosana Alvarado, the Justice Minister.
All three women are members of the PAIS Alliance party and participated in former President Rafael Correa's governments.
Alejandra Vicuña's political life began in the Alianza Bolivariana Alfarista, ABA, movement, which supported the formation of Alianza País in 2006. She was elected Assemblywoman for the Guayas province from 2009-2013 and 2013-2017. The lawmaker currently serves as acting vice president and also heads the Urban Development and Housing department.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa was the first Foreign Minister of former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and was Special Advisor to the president of the Constituent Assembly, Alberto Acosta. Between 2008 and 2014 she served as Ecuador's permanent United Nations representative and also participated as the Andean country's Coordinating Minister of Heritage.
Rosana Alvarado was also a member of the Constituent Assembly, which drafted Ecuador's new Constitution between 2007 and 2008. She has served as a legislator for the Azuay province during three consecutive terms and was a member of the Legislation and Supervision Commissions, the Biodiversity and Human Resources Commission and was the first Vice-President of the Assembly. Alvarado currently serves as Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Cults.
The move to select a new vice president complies with Ecuador's Constitution, which states that no sitting vice president can be absent from office for 90 days. Such is the case of suspended vice president, Jorge Glas.
Government officials said Glas, accused of illegal association in the Brazilian Odebrecht bribery and corruption case, has reached the 90th-day mark after being in pre-trial detention since Oct. 2. Though he was found guilty and charged to six years in prison, Glas' legal defense has vowed to appeal the ruling.