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17/02/2017

Voters in Ecuador go to the polls Sunday for the first time in a decade to elect a president other than Rafael Correa, opening a new chapter for a tiny country that had grown accustomed to the leader’s free-spending, often combative ways.

The front-runner is Mr. Correa’s former vice president and favored candidate, Lenin Moreno, 63, who represents a continuation of the left-leaning views that have been losing popularity in the region in recent years. Mr. Moreno is expected to get the most votes on Sunday, but fall short of securing enough support to avoid an April 2 runoff against one of his seven opponents.

There is an important desire for change. A second-round victory for the government is much more difficult.

—Sebastian Hurtado, president of Profitas, a Quito political-risk consulting firm

The Wall Street Journal

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