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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.

Far-left schoolteacher, rightwing populist vie for Peru presidency

- Far-left labor unionist Pedro Castillo and rightwing populist Keiko Fujimori will square off in a second round of presidential elections that analysts say threatens to further polarize crisis-weary Peru.

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.

Far-left schoolteacher takes lead as Peru counts presidential votes

- A far-left union leader and teacher has taken a surprise, though slim, lead in Peru's presidential election, and will likely face a rightwing rival in a runoff in June, incomplete results showed Monday.

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.

Indecisive Peru presidential vote amid deadly Covid-19 surge

- Ballots were being counted Sunday in Peruvian presidential elections destined for a run-off with no candidate able to fire up the crisis-weary nation, during its deadliest week of the Covid-19 pandemic to date.

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.

Peru votes as Covid-19 body count mounts

- Peruvians go to the polls Sunday, in the midst of a deadly pandemic surge, to choose a new president to confront the country's multiple challenges from among 18 candidates with no clear favorite.

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.

Ex-prostitute, 'Jesus' actor line up for Peru Congress race

- Ex-prostitute Angela Villon is one of several unconventional candidates vying for a seat in Peru's national congress in elections Sunday - a reflection of the country's growing diversity.

Chile president enacts election postponement

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera enacted a law Tuesday to postpone by five weeks an election to choose a commission to rewrite the country's dictatorship-era constitution, amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

Bolivia's Jeanine Anez: From president to 'coup' accused

La Paz - Conservative senator Jeanine Anez was unknown to many Bolivians before she stepped out onto the balcony of the government palace in November 2019, Bible in hand.

El Salvador's Bukele looks set to increase power with allies ahead in polls

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele looked set to increase his power as his allies took a clear lead in legislative elections, according to preliminary results Monday.

El Salvador's Bukele looks set to increase power with allies ahead in polls

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele looked set to increase his power as his allies took a clear lead in legislative elections, according to preliminary results early Monday.

El Salvador elections could give Bukele control

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accused of authoritarianism by detractors, stands to win an absolute majority in parliament in elections Sunday for which his party is polling strongly.If the country's 5.

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.

More than 3,300 apply to rewrite Chile's constitution

Santiago - More than 3,300 hopefuls have applied for selection to the commission that will rewrite Chile's dictatorship-era constitution, the top electoral body said Monday.

Bolsonaro's son changes Twitter profile picture to Trump

Bras - The lawmaker son of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Donald Trump to protest the platform's decision to ban the US president.

New Venezuela parliament sworn in, US-backed Guaido out

Caracas - A new Venezuelan parliament was sworn in Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's party in firm control and opposition leader Juan Guaido officially without a job, but with foreign backing to keep up a parallel legislature.

New Venezuela parliament leaves Western-backed Guaido out in cold

Caracas - A new Venezuelan parliament will be sworn in Tuesday with the party of President Nicolas Maduro now in almost complete control and the main thorn in his side, Western-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, out in the political cold.

Spain health minister to stand down, run for top Catalan job

Madrid - Heath Minister Salvador Illa, the face of Spain's battle against coronavirus, is stepping down to run for the top post in Catalonia in February's regional elections, his party said Wednesday.

Boycott-tainted poll win gives Maduro total control in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro hailed a "new dawn" in Venezuela on Monday as he celebrated his now total grip on power following a predictable triumph in polls boycotted by the opposition and slammed as a farce by international powers.

Boycott-tainted poll win gives Maduro total control in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro seized total control of Venezuela's political institutions on Sunday with a sweeping victory in legislative elections that were boycotted by the main opposition parties.Maduro and his left-wing allies had 67.

Maduro allies set for poll victory with Guaido on the ropes

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro and his allies are set to dominate Sunday's legislative elections in Venezuela, which are being boycotted by the mainstream opposition parties led by his main rival Juan Guaido.

Leading poll boycott, Venezuela's Guaido seeks more sanctions on Maduro

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido is leading a boycott of Venezuela's legislative elections on Sunday and, despite losing political momentum, has told AFP he is still the person the international community needs to oust Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Brazil's routed left shows signs of life in local vote

S - The election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in 2018 looked to some like a death blow for the Brazilian left after the spectacular fall of its 13-year rule. But the heart monitor may have just emitted a blip in local elections.

Bolivia's Morales ends homecoming tour with rally

- Thousands of supporters of Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales crowded into his political stronghold Wednesday for a climactic rally to mark his triumphant return to his homeland.

For Cuba, any US president will be better than Trump

Havana - Most Cubans don't know Joe Biden, or what policies he will pursue toward the Communist island, but they are crystal clear on one thing: any US president will be better than Donald Trump.
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