Ecuador's Constitutional Court has ruled that the National Assembly has the authority to pursue the impeachment of President Lenin Moreno.
The court's decision is a major victory for critics of President Moreno, who have accused him of violating the country's constitution. The ruling is also seen as a blow to the president's power and could lead to his eventual removal from office.
The National Assembly voted to begin impeachment proceedings against Moreno earlier this month, citing allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. Moreno has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to fight the impeachment efforts.
The court's ruling is a major setback for Moreno and his government. The court's decision is final and cannot be appealed.
The court's decision has sparked celebrations in the streets of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Demonstrators have gathered to celebrate the court's ruling, chanting slogans and waving flags.
The court's ruling is likely to further fuel calls for Moreno's removal from office. Moreno's opponents are likely to use the court's ruling to bolster their efforts to impeach the president.
The court's ruling is the latest twist in a long-running political crisis in Ecuador. The country has been mired in political turmoil since Moreno took office in 2017.
The court's decision opens the door for Moreno's opponents to pursue the president's removal. It remains to be seen, however, if they will be successful.