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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ecuador: Correa to Win First Electoral Round

Quito, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looms large as favorite to win the polls of April 26 with widespread support, according to the Investigaciones y Estudios pollster.

Less than 24 hours before the start of the campaign in the country, Correa World be re-elected in the first round, with 54 percent of the votes, a survey carried out in 23 of the 24 provinces found.

His main rivals, banana businessman Alvaro Noboa would win 13 percent of the votes and ex President Lucio Gutierrez would get 11 percent, followed by Martha Roldos, with five percent, said the pollster director Santiago Perez.

At least 72 percent of Ecuadorians described their president's performance as good while 25 percent considered it bad.

According to Perez, these results confirm broadcast that Correa would win smoothly in the first round, with more than 40 percent of the votes and 10 points above rivals.

At least 10.5 million eligible Ecuadorians are expected to cast their vote in the coming elections.

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