QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadoreans on Sunday vote in a referendum on whether to prevent unlimited presidential re-election, with polls indicating the motion will likely pass and block former leftist President Rafael Correa from returning to power.
President Lenin Moreno proposed the referendum to change the constitution in what was widely seen as a bid to halt Correa, his former mentor, from running for office again amid a bitter political dispute.
Moreno - Vice - President - Year - Change
Moreno, a wheelchair-bound former vice president elected last year, says the change would strengthen the oil-rich Andean nation’s democracy.
“Corruption sets in when you have only one government that thinks it will stay on forever,” said Moreno during a campaign event this week in a low-income neighborhood of the mountainous capital Quito.
Moreno - Popularity - Level - Pollster - Cedatos
Moreno has a roughly 69 percent popularity level, according to pollster Cedatos, thanks to his conciliatory style and his crackdown on alleged graft during Correa’s administration.
“I’m voting ‘yes’ for a change,” said lawyer Andrea Ruales, 27, in Quito. “Before, Correa decided. And now, they’re asking the people.”
Percent - Ecuadoreans - Plan - Favor - Re-election
Around 59 percent of Ecuadoreans plan to vote in favor of limiting re-election, versus some 27 percent who plan to vote against it, according to pollster Opinion Publica Ecuador. A handful...
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