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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nebot is Correa’s Main Opponent for Ecuadorians

January 12, 2010

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many people think Jaime Nebot, the mayor of Guayaquil, is Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa’s main rival, according to a poll by Cedatos/Gallup. 27 per cent of respondents think Nebot is the leader of the opposition against Correa.

Former president Lucio Gutiérrez is second with 18 per cent, followed by Fabricio Correa—a businessman and the president’s older brother—with four per cent, and the media with three per cent.

Correa, a former finance minister, ran for president as an independent leftist under the Alliance Country (AP) banner. In November 2006, Correa won a run-off with 56.69 per cent of the vote. He officially took over as Ecuador’s head of state in January 2007. Correa’s party nominated no candidates to the National Congress.

In September 2008, Ecuadorian voters ratified a new constitution in a nationwide referendum. The draft was approved by the pro-government majority in the Constituent Assembly. Under the terms of the new constitution, Ecuador held a presidential election in April 2009. Final results gave Correa 51.95 per cent of the vote. For the first time in 30 years, the Ecuadorian presidential election did not require a run-off.

In October, Ecuadorian newspaper Expreso reported that Fabricio Correa secured engineering government contracts worth $167 million U.S. In order to curtail a rule that forbids relatives of Ecuadorian public officials from bidding on these contracts, Fabricio Correa registered his companies in Panama. The revelations led to a public spat between the president and the businessman.

Last month, Nebot lashed out against Correa after the president implemented a series of power rationing days across the country, saying, "His natural inclination to harm Guayaquil has made the country suffer again. In the century of technology, we still depend on Saint Peter."

Polling Data

Who do you consider is the leader of the opposition against Rafael Correa?

Jaime Nebot


Lucio Gutiérrez


Fabricio Correa


The media


Álvaro Noboa


Indigenous peoples


The teacher’s union


Opposition lawmakers






Not sure


Source: Cedatos/Gallup
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 2,086 Ecuadorian adults, conducted from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20, 2009. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.

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