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Ecuador goes with conservative banker in presidential vote

Guillermo Lasso Closes His Presidential Campaign in Guayaquil
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 08: Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso waves at supporters during the closing event of his presidential campaign at Yatch Club Naval on April 8, 2021 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Photo by Gerardo Menoscal/Agencia Press South/Getty Images)

Voters in Ecuador appeared to turn to a conservative businessman in Sunday’s presidential runoff election, rebuffing a leftist movement that has held the presidency for over a decade marked by an economic boom and then a yearslong recession, while in neighboring Peru a crowded field of 18 candidates was virtually certain to result in a second round of presidential voting in June.

Voters in Ecuador and Peru cast ballots under strict public health measures because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has recently strengthened in both countries, prompting the return of lockdowns and heightening concerns over their already battered economies. Peruvians also were electing a new Congress.

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