Ecuador’s president has vowed to deepen the “citizens’ revolution” that has lifted tens of thousands of people out of poverty.
“In this revolution the citizens are in charge, not capital,” said Rafael Correa, who was elected to a third term in office after winning 56.9% of the vote on Sunday.
His closest challenger, banker Guillermo Lasso, won 23.8% and former president Lucio Gutiérrez finished third with 6%, with 57% of the ballots counted. The remainder of the votes were divided among five other candidates.
Correa, a leftwing economist, has brought stability to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people, which had seen seven presidents in the decade before he took office. With the help of crude prices hovering around $100 a barrel, he has raised living standards and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending.
The 48-year-old dedicated his victory to his cancer-stricken friend Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan…
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