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Ecuador president says Twitter account hacked

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has said his Twitter account was hacked, blaming right-wing foreign groups for posting false tweets on it. The messages were removed several minutes after being posted on his account, @MashiRafael, he wrote late Thursday on his microblogging site. "A few hours ago my Twitter was hacked, and they sent false tw (tweets) with the usual outrages," he said.

Ecuador President Correa hints at 2017 re-election bid

Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Saturday said he may seek re-election in 2017, despite previously supporting constitutional measures limiting the country's leader to only two consecutive terms. Correa said in his weekly radio address he was considering running for office after local elections last week saw his ruling Alianza Pais party suffer a series of reverses. In office since 2007, the socialist president, one of the most prominent leftist Latin American leaders, was re-elected in February 2013 for a second four-year term, the last allowed under the constitution.

Ecuador's president suffers 'painful' election setback

Leftist Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa acknowledged a "painful" setback in mayoral elections as early results Monday showed the opposition decisively winning races in the capital Quito and other major cities. Seen as an important test of popularity for Correa, a populist in the mold of the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Sunday's polls delivered big victories to center-right candidates, according to early results and exit polls. "It's good we've had this shakeup," Correa said. But "it's very painful what happened in Quito, and dangerous."

Correa government loses Ecuador capital in local election

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's opposition won control of the capital Quito and one other major city in the oil-producing Andean nation in elections on Sunday, preliminary results showed, in a blow to the socialist government of President Rafael Correa. Opposition candidates won elections to run the local governments of the capital Quito and industrial city Cuenca, and maintained control of the economic capital and port city of Guayaquil in an unsettling result for the government.

Ecuador polls seen as test of president's popularity

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa is warning his "citizens' revolution is at stake" when more than 11 million people vote Sunday in local elections, including in the capital Quito. In power since 2007, Correa, a leading figure of the left in Latin America, has been personally involved in the campaign, which is seen as a test of his popularity in the face of an emboldened opposition.

Ecuador's Correa wants US military to leave

Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said Wednesday he would ask the United States to withdraw American military personnel assigned to its embassy in Quito. Correa said he became aware of what he described as an outsized presence after learning that four US military personnel were aboard an Ecuadoran military helicopter that came under fire on October 3 last year near the border with Colombia. "That's when we learned of all this, of the military group, nearly 50 military personnel. This is inconceivable," he told foreign reporters.

Ecuador's Correa wants US military to leave

Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said Wednesday he would ask the United States to withdraw American military personnel assigned to its embassy in Quito. Correa said he became aware of what he described as an outsized presence after learning that four US military personnel were aboard an Ecuadoran military helicopter that came under fire on October 3 last yearnear the border with Colombia.

Ecuador's Correa rebukes 'intrusions' by UN, Americas court

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Saturday rebuked requests by major international bodies for clarification on his anti-abortion position and decision to extract oil from an Amazon reserve. The president revealed that his government had received letters from the UN and Inter-American Court of Human Rights pressing him on the matters, which he says are domestic. Speaking on his weekly radio and television program, Correa said the inter-American court had inquired into the government's controversial plans to extract oil in Yasuni Park.

Ecuador's Correa rebukes 'intrusions' by UN, Americas court

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Saturday rebuked requests by major international bodies for clarification on his anti-abortion position and decision to extract oil from an Amazon reserve. The president revealed that his government had received letters from the UN and Inter-American Court of Human Rights pressing him on the matters, which he says are domestic. Speaking on his weekly radio and television program, Correa said the inter-American court had inquired into the government's controversial plans to extract oil in Yasuni Park.

Correa pushing Ecuador cooperation with Russia

Moscow, Oct 29 (EFE).- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Tuesday here made a definite push for cooperation with Russia in energy matters and in other strategic sectors. "Very important things have been settled" for Ecuador, Correa said of his second visit to Russia in four years. Correa and Russian leader Vladimir Putin presided at the signing of several energy and transportation accords, along with several letters of intent.
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