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Leftist Economist Andrés Arauz Claims Victory in First Round of Ecuador’s Presidential Election

HeadlineFeb 08, 2021

In Ecuador, leftist economist Andrés Arauz won the first round of the country’s presidential election Sunday, marking a possible return to a socialist government.

Andrés Arauz: “We have received an overwhelming vote from different parts of our country. As I said earlier, it is a victory representative of the entire national territory.”

The 36-year-old Arauz is a protégé of former President Rafael Correa and vowed to end the austerity and pro-open market policies of President Lenín Moreno. Votes are still being tallied to determine whether Arauz will run off against conservative banker Guillermo Lasso or Indigenous environmental activist Yaku Pérez.

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