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Ecuador presidential candidates to face off in debate

Date: Mar 21, 2021

Ecuador’s two presidential hopefuls will debate tonight in Guayaquil.

Economist Andres Arauz of the left-of-centre Union for Hope party and former banker Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right Creating Opportunities party are vying for the nation’s highest political office. In the first round of voting held last month, which was tainted with allegations of election fraud, Arauz secured 32.72% of the vote to Lasso’s 19.74%.

Economic issues have dominated the campaign. Ecuador has long suffered from economic woes, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exasperated conditions. In December, unemployment hit a record high of 32.7% for people aged 15 to 34.

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