27-08-2021 Latin American Weekly Report
Setting up a showdown for Brazil’s Independence Day
Ecuador will shift to the right of the political spectrum on 24 May after Guillermo Lasso triumphed in the second round of presidential elections. The result was a savage indictment of the Citizens’ Revolution led by former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017). Lasso’s third tilt at the presidency did not meet with great enthusiasm in the first round on 7 February when he squeaked through to the run-off by the skin of his teeth ahead of Yaku Pérez, of the indigenous movement Pachakutik. In keeping with Pérez’s instructions, many of his supporters cast blank or void ballots in the second round on 11 April. But, crucially, enough of them opted to back Lasso, of the centre-right Movimiento Creo, to help overturn the 10-percentage-point lead Andrés Arauz, a left-wing disciple of Correa, enjoyed after the first round.
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