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Monday, April 06, 2009

Not easy to be candidate as well as president, says Correa

QUITO, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who is also a presidential candidate, said on Wednesday it was not easy to play the two roles well at the same time.

"Spending most of my time on the management of the state, I have little time to campaign... and am also under attack by other candidates," Correa said in a radio station interview.

He said most of the national media (right-wing) is against him.

Correa's political opposition has accused him of using the administration's resources to mobilize public support.

Correa refuted the accusation. He pointed out that former U.S. President George W. Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe also have been presidents as well as candidates.

"If I could chose I prefer just to be a candidate, but I have no choice," he said.

According to the latest poll, Correa is the leading candidate with 52 percent support. The presidential election will be held on April 26.

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