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Ecuadorians overwhelmingly voted in favor of keeping term limits for presidents on Sunday, preventing leftist former head of government Rafael Correa from holding the top spot ever again.
The Ecuadorian referendum also asked voters whether they supported banning politicians convicted of corruption from holding office again and whether they supported several environmental regulations to prevent foreign corporations from exploiting federally protected territory.
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Concerns of the return of corrupt former presidents are high on the continent given the current state of the 2018 Brazilian presidential race, currently led by a former president sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption. Among his rivals for the top spot is a former president who was impeached out of office for corruption.
Ecuador approved the repeal of term limits under Correa in 2008.
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While current President Lenin Moreno was elected as a leftist member of Correa’s party, he has broken with Correa’s most extreme policies and supported the term limits. Correa left their party, National Alliance (AP), and founded his own group shortly after Moreno began undoing Correa’s alliances with far-left governments like Venezuela and China.
At press time, Ecuador’s National Election Commission (CNE) has tallied nearly 90 percent of the vote, according to Spanish newspaper El País. 67.5 percent of voters supported term limits for politicians. 75 percent of eligible voters participated.
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The CNE has not yet published the full results of the referendum. Ecuadorians voted on seven other questions, including the exclusion of “all those convicted of acts of corruption from the political life of the nation” and the removal of statutes of limitation on any “sexual crimes against girls, boys, or adolescents.” Several questions regarding the protection of historically conserved lands against mining and other resource development and the repeal of a Correa-era law that imposes a 75 percent tax on the profits gained from sales of...
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