Court votes to eject 57 lawmakers

From Times Wire Reports

Ecuador’s highest electoral court voted to dismiss 57 members of Congress for allegedly interfering with a referendum on whether to rewrite the constitution. But it was unclear whether the tribunal has the authority to fire the lawmakers.

The vote was the latest salvo in the clash over a constitutional assembly sought by new leftist President Rafael Correa, who wants to limit the power of a political class he blames for the impoverished nation’s problems.

The legislators had signed a petition to initiate impeachment proceedings against four of the tribunal’s members who approved the referendum.