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Ecuador ex-president vows to 'keep fighting' after protege's defeat

Mexico - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa told AFP on Tuesday that he plans to keep up his political fight from exile following his protege's election defeat.

President-elect Lasso pledges 'true change' to Ecuador

Quito - President-elect Guillermo Lasso on Monday announced a "true change" in crisis-wracked Ecuador after bringing to an end an era of left-wing election victories.

The Catholic conservative pledging to change Ecuador's destiny

Quito - A former banker and Opus Dei devotee -- but above all an enemy of ex-president Rafael Correa -- Guillermo Lasso has returned the conservative right to power in Ecuador, winning Sunday's presidential election after two defeats that failed to discourage ...

Lasso wins Ecuador presidency as Arauz concedes

Quito - Former banker Guillermo Lasso won Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday after his socialist opponent Andres Arauz conceded.Conservative Lasso declared himself president-elect and accepted the "challenge" of changing Ecuador's "destiny.

Ex-president casts shadow over tight Ecuador election

Quito - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa is not on the ballot in his country's close presidential runoff on Sunday, yet remains a key figure in the election despite living in exile in Belgium.

Arauz planning to change Ecuador agreements if elected

Quito - Leftist presidential candidate Andres Arauz has big plans to change Ecuador's course if elected on Sunday, when he faces right-wing contender Guillermo Lasso in a runoff.Arauz, 36, wants to renegotiate a $6.

Right-wing candidate Lasso aiming for Ecuador political unity

Cajabamba - Sitting outside the oldest Catholic church in Ecuador, right-wing presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says he's ready to work with anyone, including political rivals, to govern the country if elected in Sunday's second-round runoff.

Environmentalists dismayed by Ecuador presidential candidates

Quito - Environmental activists will feel stuck between a rock and hard place on Sunday when forced to choose a new president.

Ecuador policeman held over 185 baby tortoises in suitcase

Quito - An Ecuadorian policeman has been arrested after airport officials in the Galapagos Islands discovered 185 baby giant tortoises stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked, prosecutors said Monday.

Ecuador health ministry raided over vaccine scandal

Quito - Ecuador investigators raided the health ministry on Wednesday as part of a probe into influence peddling against former health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos.

Ecuador's interior minister quits after prison riots

Quito - Ecuador's interior minister resigned Friday in the wake of simultaneous riots in four prisons that left 79 people dead.

Five guards freed after new Ecuador prison riot controlled

Quito - Five prison guards held after a new riot broke out in an Ecuadorian prison were released Monday after the unrest was controlled without fatalities, a week after 79 inmates died in bloody gang warfare, the police said.

Toll climbs in Ecuador prison riot 'massacre'

Cuenca - The body count from simultaneous riots at four prisons in Ecuador rose to 79 Wednesday as family members arrived to claim the remains of loved ones killed in hours of full-out gang warfare that left inmates decapitated and burnt.

Ecuador prison riot toll rises to 79

Guayaquil - At least 79 inmates died in simultaneous riots blamed on gang warfare at four prisons in Ecuador, officials said Wednesday.

At least 75 inmates dead in Ecuador prison riots

Guayaquil - At least 75 inmates died Tuesday and several were injured in riots blamed on gang rivalry at three jails in Ecuador's overcrowded prison system, authorities said.

At least 50 inmates dead in Ecuador prison riots

Quito - At least 50 inmates died Tuesday and several were injured in riots at three jails in Ecuador, where rival gangs frequently clash in overcrowded prisons.

Leftist Arauz, conservative Lasso advance to Ecuador presidential run-off

Quito - Leftist economist Andres Arauz will face conservative Guillermo Lasso in the upcoming second round of Ecuador's presidential election, officials said Sunday, in a vote marred by fraud allegations and taking place amid a worsening economic crisis.

Ecuador suspends recount in presidential election

Quito - Ecuador's National Electoral Council has suspended the recount in the first round of the presidential election requested by left-wing indigenous candidate Yaku Perez, who has alleged fraud denied him a place in the run-off.

OAS urges 'transparency' as Ecuador conducts election recount

Quito - The Organization of American States on Monday expressed concern about Ecuador's recent presidential vote, urging the country's top electoral body to ensure transparency as it conducts a partial recount of the disputed poll.

Ecuador to conduct partial election recount

Quito - Ecuador's top electoral body announced on Friday it would conduct a partial recount of Sunday's presidential vote following a request from the two candidates battling for second place.

Ecuador president urges officials to give accurate vote count quickly

Quito - Ecuador's outgoing President Lenin Moreno called on the National Electoral Council (CNE) Wednesday to deliver accurate election results quickly, as doubt remains days after the vote over who will join Andres Arauz in an April presidential run-off.

Ecuador's Correa denies protege is his puppet or return ticket

Quito - Former Ecuador president Rafael Correa has been in triumphant mood since his protege Andres Arauz topped the polls in Sunday's general election but insisted in an interview with AFP that the 36-year-old is not his puppet.

Ecuador indigenous candidate, ex-banker seek vote runoff place

Quito - Indigenous leader Yaku Perez on Tuesday was in a tight race with ex-banker Guillermo Lasso for the right to be in the April 11 runoff vote in Ecuador's presidential election.

Ecuador presidential front-runner calls for unity ahead of run-off

Quito - Ecuador's presidential front-runner Andres Arauz called for national unity ahead of a second round run-off in April as the battle hots up to face him.Leftist economist Arauz leads the field with 32.

Socialist, ecologist or banker: who will lead Ecuador?

Quito - On the left: a young economist versus a feisty indigenous campaigner. On the right: a sexagenarian former banker. These are the main contenders for Ecuador's presidency in elections on Sunday.

Ecuadorans choose their president: socialist or banker?

Quito - Some 13 million Ecuadorans are eligible to vote in presidential elections Sunday in which a socialist and a former banker are vying for leadership of a country besieged by deep economic problems.

Ecuador leader's plane makes emergency landing in US

Quito - A plane carrying Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday in Washington at the end of an official visit, the country's communications ministry announced.

Amazon community files lawsuit against Chinese firm over gas flaring

Puerto Francisco De Orellana - Indigenous Waorani from Ecuador's Amazon filed a lawsuit Thursday against state-owned Chinese oil company PetroOriental, accusing it of contaminating their ancestral lands by burning off natural gas from oil wells in a process known as flaring.

Ecuador indigenous group sues president for crimes against humanity

Quito - Ecuador's largest indigenous organization filed a lawsuit Monday against President Lenin Moreno and other authorities for alleged crimes against humanity committed during protests last October which left 10 people dead.

Ecuadoran indigenous activist recognized by Time for fighting for her jungle

Quito - Nemonte Nenquimo is desperate for her five-year-old daughter to inherit pristine ancestral lands in Ecuador's Amazonian jungle region.It's this tenacity that earned her a spot on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2020....
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Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina  Olinguito  taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge  Ecuador
Photograph of Bassaricyon neblina "Olinguito" taken in the wild at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador
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Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey  BC.
Edgar Muenala on stage of Fusion Festival in Surrey, BC.
A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
A shot of the violence taking place in Ecuador after the government announced austerity measures.
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
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A Giant River Otter swims amid rain forest reflections in Anangu Creek in Yasuni National Park  Ecua...
A Giant River Otter swims amid rain forest reflections in Anangu Creek in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.
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A protest in Quito  Ecuador. At the centre of the crowd is President Correa  facing tear gas
A protest in Quito, Ecuador. At the centre of the crowd is President Correa, facing tear gas
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Election poster urging a continuation of a revolution
Election poster urging a continuation of a revolution
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Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino shows a photo of a surveillance device found in the embas...
Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino shows a photo of a surveillance device found in the embassy in London.
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Ecuador s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño
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Post-Election Poster showing a happy winner.
Post-Election Poster showing a happy winner.
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Deforestation of the Montane Rainforest in Ecuador, province Zamora-Chinchipe, along the road to Loja-Zamora in 2011.
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Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts  December 18  2012.
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts, December 18, 2012.
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With supporters  as President  he exclaims   Today I won Ecuador.
With supporters, as President, he exclaims, "Today I won Ecuador.'
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Police in Ecuador have seized around 200 000 sharks fins which were about to be illegally exported t...
Police in Ecuador have seized around 200,000 sharks fins which were about to be illegally exported to Asia. The fins - often used to make soup - were discovered after raids on nine locations in the port city of Manta.
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Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
Screen capture of oil spill originating in Ecuador in 2013
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
Ecuador President Rafael Correa on Ecuador TV
by Presidencia de la República del Ecuador
Ecuador s diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
Ecuador's diplomatic car awaiting Edward Snowden at Moscow Airport
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Winning look of Correa
Winning look of Correa
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Quito, Ecuador
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Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
Two months into his second term a national poll put his popularity at 90 %.
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