Ecuador: Campaign begins for Presidency

Posted on January 4, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Politics

(AFP) – Campaigning opened Tuesday for Ecuador’s February 19 general elections, which will decide who succeeds leftist President Rafael Correa after a decade in power. Eight candidates are vying to replace Correa, a radical economist and one of the last of a generation of leftist leaders who dominated Latin American politics for more than a decade.


The race comes at a time when the region’s politics have shifted firmly to the right amid an economic downturn. The socialist party Alianza PAIS (AP) is facing its first real threat in a decade after losing key cities in local elections in 2014, including the capital Quito. Read Article

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