Ecuador president invites more unrest by dismissing legislature

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The president of Ecuador dismissed the legislature Wednesday in a move that promised more turmoil around a conservative leader unable to enact his agenda aimed at widening business opportunities and attracting more investment. As the constitution requires, heavily armed soldiers surrounded the National Assembly after the move by President Guillermo Lasso, who has been locked in showdown with legislators’ who want to impeach him. Lawmakers have accused Lasso of deliberately allowing a corrupt deal between the state-owned oil transport company and a private tanker company, accusations he denies. Ecuador’s top military leader warned that the armed forces would act “firmly” against any violence.