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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Candidacy for reelection of Rafael Correa in Ecuador is ratified

Guantanamo, Jan 26 (CMKS).- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was ratified as the first candidate for reelection as president in Ecuador, after an unprecedented primary election conducted by the governing Alianza Pais party on Sunday.

Manuela Gallegos, head of the electoral process, said “We believe that the vote has been a success and that from it President Correa and Vice President Lenin Moreno were chosen as the Alianza Pais candidates for the April 26 general elections,” the first to be held under the
country’s new constitution approved by voters last September, reported AFP according to Granma newspaper.

Correa headed a list of 14,000 candidates for diverse posts. “It’s the first time that a movement, with total transparency, carries out a primary election to select the best men and women as candidates of all Ecuadorians,” said the president after casting his ballot in Quito.

Correa recently completed his first two years in office with a record 70 percent approval among the population. In the primary election on Sunday, 9.7 million Ecuadorian were eligible to vote.

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