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Correa leads in Ecuador Presidential election...

by whataboutbob Tue Nov 28th, 2006 at 04:41:18 AM EST

At this point, the Presidential election results have not been finalized in Ecuador yet, but with 58% of the vote having been counted (as of late last night), Rafael Correa is in the lead (from the Miami Tribune):

Apparent winner in Ecuador vows to end U.S. use of base

QUITO - <...>Four exit polls, including one from the Organization of American States (OAS), found that Rafael Correa, a leftist economist with a doctorate from the University of Illinois, won Sunday's runoff election by at least 13 percentage points. The OAS had 80 observers here, and its counts are traditionally very close to the actual results.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Ecuador's electoral governing body, late Monday had Correa winning 65 percent of the vote to Alvaro Noboa's 35 percent, with 58 percent of the votes counted.<...> Correa meanwhile began sketching his upcoming administration -- which would include leftist academics, human rights defenders and former oil workers as cabinet members -- and his future relationship with Washington.

We will update this later, when we have final results...but if Correa ends up winning, then this is one more Left government in South America. Interesting...

Update 14:27 GMT: Final election results from Ecuador are still not in. With 74 percent of the polling stations tallied as of Monday night, Rafael Correa had 61 percent of the vote.


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Is anyone out there familiar with Ecuadorian politics? I am wondering how Correa's election would change things in Ecuador (aside from the changes in their relationship with the US government)? Is he suggesting Morales-type changes?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Tue Nov 28th, 2006 at 05:38:56 AM EST
Democracy Now headlines-Nov 28

Ecuador's Correa Criticizes U.S. Neo-liberal Economic Model?And in Ecuador, Rafael Correa held a victory rally Monday following his apparent victory in Sunday's presidential election. Correa vowed to oppose a new trade agreement with the United State and not to renew a lease for a U.S. military air base in Ecuador. He also criticized the U.S.-backed neo-liberal economic model.

Rafael Correa: "The model that is being applied not only in Ecuador, but throughout Latin America, has been disastrous. This neoliberalism has generated unemployment, it has privatized and it has converted into merchandise the fundamental human rights like health, education, and social security." (emphasis added)

Final election results from Ecuador are still not in. With 74 percent of the polling stations tallied as of Monday night, Rafael Correa had 61 percent of the vote.


"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Tue Nov 28th, 2006 at 10:26:12 AM EST
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Most likely about national ressources.

Hugo Chavez in Venezuela raised royalties on oil from 1% to 30% and made sure the tax system started to actually collect some taxes from the country elite, I expect the same will happen in Ecuador.

by Laurent GUERBY on Tue Nov 28th, 2006 at 01:59:59 PM EST
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