Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa Re-elected for a Third Term

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa was re-elected for a third term with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Feb 18, 2013 18:10 IST
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Rafael CorreaEcuador's President Rafael Correa was re-elected for a third term with more than 50 percent of the vote according to the election results declared in the third week of February 2013. As per the results, Rafael Correa got 56.7 percent while his closest competitor Guillermo could secure only 23.3 percent.

Correa is a socialist leader who was first elected in 2007. He is credited with bringing political stability to a nation that experienced several protests and coups. He is known for his citizen revolution which made him popular among people of Ecuador. He is 49 years old.

During his six years in power, Correa provided access to education and healthcare and bettered thousands of miles of highways, leading to creation of jobs in the process. Moreover, Poverty rates declined significantly.

To avoid a run-off, the President of Ecuador was required to win 50 percent of the total vote or 40 percent plus a 10-point margin over the second-placed candidate.

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