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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-17-13 10:41 PM
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Ecuador president Rafael Correa re-elected again
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Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has been elected to a third term in power.

The leftwing incumbent, who first took office in 2007 and was re-elected in 2009, won 58% of the vote, well ahead of his closest challenger, former banker Guillermo Lasso, with 24%.

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The 48-year-old Correa has raised living standards for the lower classes and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending but critics including international human rights groups call him a bully.

Correa has brought uncharacteristic political stability to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people that had been through seven presidents in the decade before him.

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Correa has eroded the influence of opposition parties, the Roman Catholic church and the news media and used criminal libel law to try to silence opposition journalists.

link:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/18/ecuador-ele...

While I have some problem with his use of the libel laws, eroding the power of the Catholic Church, distancing himself from the US and re-writing contracts with Exxon so Ecuador gets a higher percentage of THEIR oil is a good thing.
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