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Ecuador VP Removed, Accused of Taking Kickbacks from Aide

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Monday suspended his vice president, who faces allegations that as a congresswoman she took kickbacks from a staff member. The removal of Maria Alejandra Vicuna came after she requested an unpaid leave of absence until January so she could prepare her defense in a probe started last week by Ecuador's chief prosecutor. She said she was doing so as not to interfere with government work. Moreno said a top aide, Jose Briones, would occupy the...

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