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Ecuador holds general elections

Quito, Feb 17 (EFE).- Ecuador is holding general elections on Sunday, with the focus of the vote on President Rafael Correa, who is facing off against seven challengers in his bid for re-election. "We should all guard the transparency of the process to make this process the most inclusive and transparent in the country's history," Correa said after voting at a school in Quito.

Correa wins by a landslide in Ecuador

Quito, Feb 18 (EFE).- Incumbent Rafael Correa romped to victory in Ecuador's presidential election, taking nearly 57 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates, the CNE electoral council said Monday. With 69.53 percent of the ballots counted, the left-leaning economist had 3.48 million votes, compared with 1.4 million - 23.22 percent of the total - for his closest challenger, former banker Guillermo Lasso.

Correa favored for reelection in Ecuador vote

Ecuadorans began voting Sunday in national elections in which President Rafael Correa is the overwhelming favorite to return to office and possibly gain greater backing for his brand of socialism. Three private opinion polls show Correa, who first came to power in 2007, with between 48.2 and 61.5 percent support, far ahead of his nearest rival, banker Guillermo Lasso. That would enable the charismatic US-educated economist to win another four year term in the first round of voting, and possibly pick up a majority in Ecuador's Congress.

Correa favored for reelection in Ecuador vote

Ecuadorans head for the polls Sunday in national elections, in which President Rafael Correa is the overwhelming favorite to win re-election and possibly gain greater backing for his brand of socialism. Three private polls show Correa, who first came to power in 2007, with between 48.2 and 61.5 percent support, far ahead of his nearest rival, banker Guillermo Lasso. That would enable the charismatic, US-educated economist to win another four year term in the first round of voting, and possibly pick up a majority in Ecuador's Congress.

FACTBOX-Main opposition candidates in Ecuador's presidential race

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is the clear favorite to win re-election on Sunday as he has strong approval ratings and faces a fractured opposition. Here are some facts about the main opposition candidates: GUILLERMO LASSO

FACTBOX-Top opposition candidates in Ecuador's presidential race

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa is the clear favorite to win a Feb. 17 election against a fractured opposition. Here are some details on the top opposition candidates: GUILLERMO LASSO Polls show the former head of Banco de Guayaquil, Ecuador's No. 2 bank, is the top challenger to Correa. The most recent survey by pollster Cedatos, published in December, shows him taking 22 percent of the vote.
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