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35-Year-Old Banana Baron Daniel Noboa Elected New President of Ecuador

HeadlineOct 16, 2023

In Ecuador, wealthy businessman Daniel Noboa has been declared the winner of Sunday’s snap presidential election. The 35-year-old heir to a banana industry fortune is the youngest person ever elected president of Ecuador. Noboa received about 52% of the vote against 47% for leftist Luisa González, a member of former President Rafael Correa’s Citizen Revolution Movement party.

Noboa’s win comes as Ecuador faces worsening violence and an economic crisis that’s forced thousands of Ecuadorians to flee to the U.S.-Mexico border. The presidential campaign was marred by unprecedented violence, including the assassination of anti-corruption candidate Fernando Villavicencio in August.

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