Ecuador’s vice president, Otto Sonnenholzner, resigned on Tuesday amid a coronavirus outbreak that ravaged the country’s largest city of Guayaquil, though he saw his profile bolstered by leading the government’s efforts to restart the economy.
Sonnenholzner, who was in office for 18 months, is President Lenin Moreno’s third deputy to resign since Moreno began his term in mid-2017. In a televised statement, Sonnenholzner did not give a reason for his decision, or confirm media speculation that he plans to run in presidential elections next year.
“I’m leaving from here with the satisfaction of a responsibility fulfilled,” Sonnenholzner said.
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