In this scenario, the economy in a strong crisis appears as a central theme in the election: for two preferred candidates to go to the second round, Andrés Arroz I Guillermo Lasso Are economists and have different views about the reconstruction of Ecuador Two particularly difficult years:
- 2019 – The announcement of the abolition of the fuel subsidy created widespread political crisis Protests in Ecuador, Under indigenous leadership. Suppression was strong, and there were deaths and curfews.
- 2020 – The coronavirus epidemic left the country’s largest city of Guayaquil on the streets for hospital and funeral chaos in April. Residents caught vultures flying over homes At the height of the crisis.
Women participate in a march in Quito, Ecuador in October 2019 – Photo: Daniel Tapia / Reuters
Polls indicate mild bias for arrays, Who will try to give the left craving a new face for the duration Rafael Correa (2007–2017) to address the country’s woes. On the other hand, Lasso will run for the third time in a row Ecuador is trying to revise austerity discourse with promises of greater real benefits in pay. Indigenous leader Yaku Perez run out (See more at the end of the report on Ecuador’s presidential candidates).
In all, there are 16 candidates. Current president, Lenin Moreno, After being politically isolated in the face of political crises, decided not to seek re-election. Even his party’s candidate, Ximena Peña, walked away from Moreno, with little chance of victory.
To be elected in the first round, The candidate should get a full vote (50% + 1) or more than 40% and there should be a difference of 10 percentage points for the runner-up.. The second round is scheduled on 11 April. According to the polls, it is difficult to define himself for the presidency of Ecuador this Sunday.
Ecuadorians also know parliamentary elections, Which is accompanied by a presidential vote. 137 new members of the National Assembly will be elected. It is not yet clear what the new configuration of Parliament will look like, but presidential candidates are sure, Whoever wins will get a fragmented Congress, With difficulty forming a majority.
See below who are the three main candidates for the President of Ecuador:
Ecuador’s presidential candidate Andrés Arrouz during a campaign in Quito on Thursday – Photo: Rodrigo Bundia / AFP
- Matches: Union for Hope (UNES)
- Age: 35 years
- Profession: The economist
Andrés Arrouz will try to give a face Youth and academia Rafael Cori’s Political Line: Reinventing Public Spending to Revive Ecuador’s Economy so that Political Crisis and Coronovirus Affected.
Although they have lost strength, “choriestas” are still Ecuador’s greatest political power. Nominated by the Union for Hope Coalition, Aruz bets on a more attractive communication to distrust the young population and political forces.
Also in favor of Arruz is the fact that he has an international academic background: He is a doctoral candidate in financial economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Unum). Prior to this, he graduated in economics and mathematics from the University of Michigan in the United States.
The difficulty is that the support of Correa, a very divisive personality in the country, can weigh both for his rejection of Aruz’s candidacy and difficulty for governance if he wins. The former president is popular in a significant part of Ecuador, but at the same time a large proportion of voters reject him.
Wearing a mask, candidate for President Guillermo Lasso attends a rally in Quito, Ecuador, this Wednesday (3) – Photo: Rodrigo Bundia / AFP
- Matches: Creating opportunities (creo)
- Age: 64 years
- Profession: Former banker
Defeated in the second round by Lenin Moreno in 2017, is a traditional candidate for Lasso Catholic and Orthodox Rights Ecuador, with austerity discourse in the economic sector.
However, in the face of a stalled economy due to the epidemic, A. Former banker He admits to raising the minimum wage and distancing himself from the shadow of Jamil Mahuad’s government, of which he was minister of economy in the context of a strong economic crisis in the late 1990s.
At that time, Ecuador melted the local currency, and the government introduced the use of the dollar as the country’s monetary parameter. The measure, still adopted today, divides the ideas of Ecuador.
Thus, Larso draws a balance between criticizing the candidate for chorareism – he claims Arbaaz’s withdrawal of the dollar will break Ecuador – and reactivating activities halted with the 2019 crisis and coronovirus epidemic Promises to provide incentives for.
Ecuador’s presidential nominee Yaku Perez on February 3, 2021 – Photo: Rodrigo Bundia / AFP
- Matches: Digestive
- Age: 51 years
- Profession: Lawyer and political activist
Integral to Confederation of Ecuador’s indigenous nationalities, Perez may be far from the second round, but may affect the tie between Arruz and Lasso: Pachachutik candidate must garner votes from voters engaged in the indigenous cause, ethnic groups that represent 7.4% of the population, And with vigorous focused speech Environmental reasons.
Indigenous leaders like Perez gained strength with protests against the Moreno government in 2019. Thus, both sides took the most favor to go to the second round, somehow, different people would have to make concessions. Ecuador.
With the election coming to a close, Perez tries as the final round to show himself to be in the midst of Arrauz and hostile to Lassow’s austerity for the second round.