QUITO -- Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who easily won reelection Sunday, also appears to have a majority in the National Assembly.
With 32 percent of the congressional votes counted Monday, national legislators from Correa’s Alianza País Party have won 51 percent of the vote, versus 12 percent for Guillermo Lasso’s CREO Party. While the bulk of the 137-seat assembly is made up of regional legislators, if the voting trends hold, Correa would have the majority he says he needs to deepen his “Citizen’s Revolution.”
As the National Election Council continued to tally votes, Correa’s lead expanded. With 71 percent of the vote counted, Correa had 56.9 percent and Lasso, 23.1 percent.
Former military officer and deposed President Lucio Gutiérrez was in third place with 6.53 percent.