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Ecuadorian president wins election for third term


08:31, March 28, 2013

QUITO, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's National Electoral Council on Wednesday announced that incumbent President Rafael Correa won a new term in office based on the official results of the presidential election held on Feb.17.

The electoral authority said Correa and his running mate Jorge Glas garnered 57.17 percent of the votes, or 4,918,482 votes out of a total of 9,467,062, and declared Correa to be the next president and Glas as the next vice president.

Correa's seven rivals failed to get enough votes to take the electoral contest to a second round, with Guillermo Lasso, a challenger representing the nation's political conservatives, obtaining just 22.68 percent of the votes, according to the electoral body.

Correa, who has ruled Ecuador since 2007, will start the new term of office, his third, on May 24, when his current term ends. The third term will take him to the year of 2017.

Correa was first reelected in April 2009, in early elections called by a new 2008 Constitution.

Domingo Paredes, chief of the electoral body, said his organization would deliver the winners their certificates on April 9.

The electoral body also confirmed the ruling party's win of majority in the country's congress. The legislators will take office in May.

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