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.