Election day in Ecuador
Today is election day in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa is way ahead in the polls and most people seem to have good reasons why they support Correa. In the 10 years prior to his initial election in 2007, Ecuador went through seven presidents. Stability alone is a huge plus.
There are lots of articles about Ecuador and the election out there right now. I have picked a couple that seem to offer some reasonable information about what's going on.
The first is from AFP titled Correa, the brash leftist who stabilized Ecuador.
He is often described as charismatic and hard-working, but also brash with authoritarian tendencies. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa admits it himself: He wasn't elected to be Mr. Nice Guy.
The other article is from AlJazeera and it titled Ecuador prepares for presidential vote. This article talks about his competition.
Lasso, who was finance minister during an economic crisis in the 1990s, has struggled to woo voters, with polls showing that only 10 percent would vote for him.
The other candidates include former president Lucio Gutierrez, a retired army colonel who was ousted by Congress amid a popular revolt in 2005, and the country's richest man, Alvaro Noboa.
Correa has brought a measure of political stability to Ecuador, which had seven presidents in the turbulent decade that preceded him, including three who were overthrown.
While the mainstream media, particularly that of the US, tend to label him as "Ecuador's Chávez", he has detractors in Ecuador who you would associate with what we tend to call "the left". His policies seem to be well thought out and well aligned with what Ecuador needs. Today's vote, mandatory for citizens from 18 to 65, should show us how well that plays out.