Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has claimed an easy victory in his bid for re-election. Unofficial results have him taking over 50 percent of the vote with a 20 point lead over his nearest rival.
It means there will be no need for a run-off ballot which is the first time a leader in Ecuador has been elected without one. “History has been made in a country in which between the years 1996 to 2006, we’ve had seven presidents and no democratic government has finished its mandate……we really have made history as we have won in the first round,” said President Rafael Correa. Correa is a close ally of Venezuela’s socialist president, Hugo Chavez. Despite a weakening economy Correa has said he will stick to his socialist revolution. He was always favourite to win the poll, basing his popularity on standing up to international oil firms over debt repayment, introducing pensions, establishing free school meals and raising the minimum wage.