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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 lawmakers suspended over abortion 'betrayal'

Three members of Ecuador president Rafael Correa's ruling party have been suspended for backing moves to ease the country's strict anti-abortion laws, officials said Tuesday. The ethics commission of Correa's Alianza Pais (AP) announced one-month suspensions for the three legislators who had advocated decriminalizing abortion for rape victims. AP official Galo Mora said the three lawmakers -- Paola Pabon, Gina Godoy, and Soledad Buendia -- would be replaced for one month by alternates.

Pope Francis receives Ecuadorian leader

Vatican City, Apr 19 (EFE).- Pope Francis received Friday Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and the two men discussed the situation in Latin America, respect for indigenous populations and the importance of a permanent dialogue between church and state. The news was reported by the Vatican after a 20-minute private conversation between the pope and Correa and the subsequent meeting of the president with the secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

INTERVIEW-Ecuador's Correa launches post-election investment drive

* Correa won strong re-election victory on Sunday * His socialist reforms have scared investors * Says Ecuador stable, hopes investors will return (Recasts, adds details, background) By Eduardo Garcia and Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa expects to strike a landmark mining deal with Canadian firm Kinross within six months as he tries to attract more foreign investment after winning re-election on the weekend.

Knife attack leaves two dead in Ecuador campaign

Two supporters of President Rafael Correa were knifed to death at a campaign re-election rally, an incident the Ecuadoran leader said Tuesday was unrelated to politics. An unidentified suspect was arrested at the scene of the attack late Monday in a packed stadium in the town of Quininde, 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Quito. An amateur video aired on local media showed a man armed with a large knife pushing into a crowd of Correa supporters, and attacking them apparently at random before attempting to flee.
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