Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said Friday that a coup plot is being orchestrated by the leaders of this month's anti-government protests, who hours earlier said they would seek to oust him via a vote in the unicameral National Assembly.

In a nationwide television and social media address, the conservative head of state alerted the international community to an "attempt to destabilize democracy in Ecuador."

He made those remarks after Leonidas Iza - chief promoter of the protests and president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), the Andean nation's largest indigenous organization - said the left-wing, indigenist Pachakutik movement, Conaie's political arm, may request a vote in parliament on ousting Lasso.