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Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, during a meeting with the Ecuadorian community in Barcelona, Spain, Jan. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Manu Fernandez).

As Ecuador Prepares to Vote, Is Correa’s Populist Legacy at Stake?

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

On Feb. 19, Ecuador will hold elections for a new president and members of the 137-seat National Assembly, as well as for the Andean Parliament, the legislative body of the Andean Community customs union made up of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Ecuadorians will also vote on a proposal to prohibit public officials from having assets in tax havens.

With leftist President Rafael Correa ineligible to run for re-election as he finishes an unprecedented third term, many predict the elections will be a referendum on his so-called Citizen’s Revolution. Poverty in Ecuador has decreased 16 percent under Correa, thanks to a dramatic increase in social spending. Education, health and infrastructure have all improved. For several years, Correa held one of the highest presidential approval ratings in the Americas. But the economy has become more reliant on oil exports, while declining oil prices have resulted in slowed growth. With 40 percent of the country’s export earnings derived from oil, the incoming administration will be faced with the possibility of dismantling some of Correa’s populist programs. ...

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