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The Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador, Pedro Álava, resigned this Thursday from his post, thus becoming the fourth member of the Ministerial Cabinet of President Guillermo Lasso to present his resignation this week.

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“I send you my irrevocable resignation from this State portfolio, in which I deposited all my energy and knowledge to comply with your policy in favor of the small farmer,” Álava commented after his decision.

Recently, the official was questioned by leaders and producers of the banana sector, who led strikes and protests due to the lack of policies that support the sector, because due to the conflict in Europe it is impossible to export bananas to Russia.

Before this news was known, the Government issued a statement announcing that it has requested the resignation of the four ministers as part of an “evaluation of his entire Cabinet” to make the changes that are considered pertinent “based on the best execution of the Plan of Creation of Opportunities 2021-2025”.

During this week, the heads of the Defense portfolios, Luis Hernández; of Energy and Mines, Juan Carlos Bermeo; the Secretary of Human Rights, Bernarda Ordóñez, and, finally, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.

Prior to these resignations, on March 9, the Minister of Government at that time, Alexandra Vela, also resigned, citing differences with the Executive.

“By not coinciding with the political line established by President Guillermo Lasso to face the crisis exacerbated by the National Assembly, I submitted my resignation,” Vela said at the time.

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