Latin America

Ecuador election goes down to the wire

Left-wing candidate Andrés Arauz leads Ecuador's first-round of presidential elections. Candidates fighting for a place in the run-off are neck-and-neck

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Leftist candidate Andrés Arauz finishes the first round in Ecuador as the clearcut favorite. Photo: Twitter/@ecuarauz

After ruling Ecuador for a decade and being convicted of graft, Rafael Correa lost his political rights and is currently exiled in Belgium. Still, his presence loomed large in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. For the top three candidates in the race, a key part of their platform concerned their stance on the former president — and early results show just how much influence he still wields over the Andean nation. Mr. Correa’s protégé, left-leaning economist Andrés Arauz emerged from Sunday’s first-round election as the head-and-shoulders favorite to win the April 11 runoff, gathering almost one-third of the...

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