The electors of Ecuador will return to the polls in September for the second time in two months, in an effort to find a president to lead the small South American country's return to democracy.
The electors of Ecuador will return to the polls in September for the second time in two months, in an effort to find a president to lead the small South American country's return to democracy. Ecuador has been run by the military for ten years, but the military has pledged to respect the outcome of the election.
SYNOPSIS: As the results began to show a pattern, supporters in the streets and in the homes of the leading contenders for the presidency expressed support for their candidates. In the city of Quayaquil where the populist candidate Jaime Roldos Aguilera has his home, his supporters celebrated his success in gaining 31 percent of the votes. He topped the poll, but it wasn't enough for an outright win, which required more than fifty percent. So there'll be runoff in September. Observers believe the success of the populists so far places the military - who they believe unofficially support the other candidate in the runoff - in a difficult position. But the military has made no comment on the elections.
The National Democratic Union's candidate, Raul Clemente Huerta, failed to qualify for the run-off but in keeping with the atmosphere throughout the elections, success and failure have been celebrated peacefully. This candidate has had to make way for a contest between the populists and the right-wing Sixto Duran Ballen, who received 22.9 percent of the votes ?cast.
Ecuador had about fifty coups since independence 156 years ago, and observers say it remains to be seen whether the military can allow an unfettered race between the right-wing and the populists.