Ecuador Heads to Polls in Tightly Contested Presidential Race
QUITO, Ecuador—Ecuadoreans headed to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president in a tightly contested election that could determine the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Almost 13 million Ecuadoreans are expected to vote for a successor to President Rafael Correa, choosing between the leftist leader’s former vice president, Lenin Moreno, and conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso. The vote is the latest test for Latin America’s left, which has seen its power wane following a decline in economic growth.
If elected, Mr. Lasso says he will evict Mr. Assange from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has lived since Mr. Correa, a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy, granted him political asylum in 2012.