Ecuadorians also took to the polls Sunday for a snap presidential election. Leftist Luisa González took the lead in the first round and will face Daniel Noboa in a runoff election in October as neither candidate won over 50% of the vote in the first round. González is a member of former President Rafael Correa’s Citizen Revolution Movement party. Noboa is a businessman whose father, Álvaro Noboa, is one of Ecuador’s wealthiest people. Álvaro Noboa is a banana industry magnate who previously ran for president and has been accused of multiple tax and labor violations. Luisa González spoke to supporters Sunday.
Luisa González: “We don’t want Lasso 2.0. We don’t want anybody disconnected from the people’s needs, because then we would again face a situation in which we would have a president that rules for the companies and not for the needs of Ecuadorians.”
At least three political leaders were killed ahead of Sunday’s election, including presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio.