Aug 21, 2023

Leftist leads Ecuador presidential poll count amid spike in violence

Left-winger Luisa Gonzalez is leading in Ecuador's presidential election overshadowed by the assassination of one of the candidates. With nearly 80% of the votes counted, electoral officials say she has 33%, while her closest rival Daniel Noboa, a businessman, is on 24%. The top two candidates will now go into a run-off on 15 October. The poll was combined with a referendum, in which voters chose to end oil drilling in the Amazon. Sunday's voting was peaceful, much to the relief of Ecuadoreans fearful of the political violence that has taken hold of the country. There were several shooting incidents in the run-up to the vote.

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