Correa likely to achieve re-election in Ecuador
AFPQUITO -- Ecuadorians began voting Sunday in national elections in which President Rafael Correa is the overwhelming favorite to return to office and possibly gain greater backing for his brand of socialism.
February 18, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Three private opinion polls show Correa, who first came to power in 2007, with between 48.2 and 61.5 percent support, far ahead of his nearest rival, banker Guillermo Lasso.
That would enable the charismatic U.S.-educated economist to win another four-year term in the first round of voting, and possibly pick up a majority in Ecuador's Congress.
“He needs a reliable, solid and obedient majority,” said Simon Pachano, a political analyst. “He has problems now because he does not have a majority in the assembly and has to put it together with alliances.”