viernes, 2 de noviembre de 2012

Ecuador's president likely to run again for office

Ecuador's foreign minister was reported as saying on 31 October that the pro-government Alianza País movement was expected this month to nominate President Rafael Correa Delgado as its presidential candidate for general elections due on 17 February 2013. Ricardo Patiño's comments on the website Twitter were corroborated by other officials. Correa would be proposed as candidate at a party conference of PAIS (Patria Altiva i Soberana - or Proud and Sovereign Fatherland) on 10 November and if approved, registered with election authorities on 12 November, El Tribuno de Jujuy reported on 1 November. Correa became president in January 2007 and would be running for the 2013-17 presidential term. The daily named his main opponent for now as the conservative banker Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, a former head of the Banco de Guayaquil. An early poll it cited however, published by Cedatos/Gallup, placed President Correa ahead of Lasso in stated voting intentions: 55.7 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Correa against 22.8 per cent for Lasso. The elections would also be for 137 members of parliament and five members of the Andean Parliament, a regional assembly based in Bogotá.

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