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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ecuadorian president congratulated on reelection

QUITO, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Incumbent Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa received congratulations from the country's Latin American neighbors after his triumph in Sunday's general elections was ratified on Monday by the Electoral National Council.

Correa won 51.72 percent of the vote, becoming the first Ecuadorian president to win outright in the first round of the elections. His new four-year term will end in 2013.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega extended his congratulations by phone on Monday to Correa in name of the Nicaraguan people, said Ortega's spokeswoman.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez congratulated Correa on the "overwhelming and historical victory" and said he will visit Quito in May.

The Venezuelan president's office said in a statement that Chavez made a phone call to Correa as early as Sunday night when Correa's victory was confirmed.

The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a communique that the Colombian government "salutes the triumph of Rafael Correa" and congratulates "the brother people of Ecuador for the democratic day on Sunday."

The Costa Rican government said it gives its warmest congratulations to President Correa and the Ecuadorian people, and expressed its respect to the contenders in the general elections for their contribution in this way to the consolidation of democracy in Ecuador.

In his message of greetings, Bolivian President Evo Morales said the process of change in Latin America is in progress, and called for the protection of the democratic development from "the aggressions of some small groups."

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