Rafael Correa is set for victory in Ecuador’s Presidential election run-off. The leftist candidate has a commanding lead over his closest rival, according to partial results. With more than a third of the ballot boxes counted, he’s received 67 percent of the vote. The 43-year-old former economy minister lured millions of Ecuadoreans with his promises to lead a “citizens revolution” to thrash the political elites they blame for failing to slash poverty.
Although the full official result has not yet been announced, Correa has moved quickly to make policy announcements and appoint ministers. “This is just the start of the fight” he told thousands of supporters in the capital Quito.
Correa’s election would add another member to South America’s grouping of left-leaning nations, which already include Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and Bolivia. Rival Alvaro Noboa, Ecuador’s richest man, has rejected the exit poll results and says he’s suspicious of fraud and voting irregularities.
“I’ve told my campaign workers to make sure each and every vote is counted” he says.
Ecuador has struggled to regain political stability after three presidents were toppled in less than a decade by congressional and popular turmoil. The full official results are not expected to be know until Tuesday.