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Read the latest political news out of Ecuador including new and ongoing issues, the political system, and the president of Ecuador Rafael Correa.

March 9, 2017

Nigel Farage Just Visited The Ecuadorian Embassy In London – BuzzFeed

Nigel Farage visited the Ecuadorian embassy in west London on Thursday, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living since he claimed asylum in 2012. The former UKIP leader spent around 40 minutes in the building and left at noon, accompanied by Christian Mitchell, the head of operations at radio station LBC, where Farage hosts a regular show. Read more>>

March 8, 2017

Ecuador: General Fired by Correa Claims Vote Security Was Breached – PanAm Post

Former Ecuadorian general Luis Castro Ayala warned of a lack of transparency and security breaches with regard to the vote count during the nation’s elections on February 19. According to Castro Ayala, the Ecuadorian Army was not involved in the chain of custody of the ballot boxes after the voting had concluded. He alleges that the chain of custody should always count on the presence of the armed forces in order to safeguard the popular will. Read more>>

March 7, 2017

Ecuador President Cries Wolf, Claims He Will Be Persecuted if Opposition Wins – PanAm Post

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warns that if the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins in the presidential elections, a political persecution will be initiated against him, preventing him from leaving the country. “If that guy wins [Guillermo Lasso], who is not going to win, he’s going to start chasing us…Those people will persecute us if they win the government and my best option will be to stay in the country. Defend my government, my honor, etcetera, and I will beat them again,” the president said during an interview. Read more>>

March 3, 2017

Ecuador Indigenous Movement Split as Leader Embraces Right-Wing Presidential Candidate – teleSUR

Some Indigenous leaders have increasingly aligned with Ecuador’s right-wing elite in the name of rejecting President Rafael Correa and his allies. As Ecuador prepares for a second and final round of presidential elections in April, Indigenous leaders of a historically progressive organization have tacitly sided with the right-wing candidate that has promised to rollback many of the social and economic gains of the past decade that have benefited the country’s poor and Indigenous communities. Read more>>

March 1, 2017

Assange’s fate hangs on thin election hope in Ecuador – The Washington Times

His name isn’t on the ballot, but Julian Assange’s fate may be in the hands of voters in a country an ocean away from his legal sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in the heart of one of London’s ritziest neighborhoods. When voters in Ecuador cast their ballots in the presidential runoff next month, they will choose between two radically different candidates vying to lead their nation of 16 million — and determine the fate of the WikiLeaks founder, a middle-aged Australian who has never lived a day in the South American country. Read more>>

February 27, 2017

After a tense election, Ecuador is divided over its political future – The Conversation

After three tense days of waiting, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council has confirmed that former vice president Lenin Moreno, of the ruling Alianza Pais (AP) party, won the first round in the country’s presidential election, with 39.36% of votes. His main rival, banker Guillermo Lasso, of the right-wing CREO party, received 28.09%. This outcome ensures a run-off, as neither candidate obtained the necessary 40% of votes (plus a 10% gap between first- and second-place finishers) to be declared president. Read more>>

February 27, 2017

Lasso to win runoff in Ecuador presidency: Cedatos poll – Reuters

Former banker Guillermo Lasso is seen beating leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno for Ecuador’s presidency in a runoff on April 2 with more than half of all valid votes, according to a poll by Cedatos. Read more>>

February 24, 2017

Elections in Ecuador: Latin America’s pink tide tested – The World Weekly

When Rafael Correa was first elected as Ecuadorian president 10 years ago, he joined the Kirchners in Argentina, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil, Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia as part of Latin America’s ‘pink tide’. Starting with new pro-market governments in Brazil and Argentina, that tide is now turning. Will Ecuador be the next country to reject a decade-long leftist experiment and embrace conservatism? Read more>>

February 23, 2017

Ecuador’s Presidential Election Heading to Runoff – Wall Street Journal

Ecuador’s presidential election will go to a runoff between the ruling party’s leftist candidate and a conservative ex-banker after the first round of voting failed to produce a winner, electoral authorities said. The president of the national electoral council, Juan Pablo Pozo, said late Wednesday that a runoff between Lenin Moreno, the candidate for the ruling Alianza Pais party, and his pro-business rival, Guillermo Lasso, will be held on April 2. Read more>>

February 21, 2017

Ecuadoran journalist receives explosive device days before presidential election – Journalism in the Americas

Just days before Ecuador elects a new president, journalist Janet Hinostroza received an explosive device at her workplace. Hinostroza, the host of ‘Los Desayunos de 24 Horas’ (24-Hour Breakfasts) and Noticiero 24 Horas (24-Hour Newscast), received an envelope at Teleamazonas headquarters on the morning of Feb. 16. According to Teleamazonas, an envelope addressed to Hinostroza contained a DVD box with the following written on the front: “Who is behind the corruption? Irrefutable evidence.” Upon slightly opening the box, cables could be seen, the broadcaster added. Police were called and the media outlet was evacuated while authorities inspected the package. Read more>>

February 21, 2017

Tensions mount as Ecuador’s presidential race up in the air – Associated Press

Vote counting in Ecuador’s presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday with ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno still just short of a definitive first-round victory and supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations. With the last ballots trickling in from Sunday’s election, Moreno had a little over 39 percent of the votes and an almost 11-point lead over conservative Guillermo Lasso, a former banker who finished second in a field of nine candidates. But Moreno remained just under a point below the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff. Read more>>

February 16, 2017

Ecuador’s Choice – New York Times

When Ecuadoreans go to the polls to elect a new president on February 19, they will choose between President Rafael Correa’s former Vice President, Lenin Moreno, and seven other candidates from across the political spectrum. Voters would do well to ask themselves not only who they want to govern their county, but how they want it to be governed. Under President Correa, Ecuador has enacted a series of measures granting the government sweeping powers to punish its critics and curb public debate of its policies. The next president will have the opportunity to roll back these measures, or exploit them to further debilitate the country’s democracy. Each of the eight candidates should make clear where they stand. Read more>>