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Ecuador Correa run nixed by return to presidential

ECUADOREAN voters backed a return to presidential term limits in Sunday’s referendum, blocking ex-president Rafael Correa’s potential challenge to his erstwhile ally.

President Lenin Moreno hailed the 64 per cent vote reversing the 2015 constitutional reform abolishing the limit as a victory for democracy.

But the president and leader of the left-wing Pais Alliance, which Mr Correa sensationally quit last month, relied on an alliance with conservative opposition parties to win.

“It’s going to be very difficult for a mediocre person like Lenin Moreno to keep everyone happy,” Mr Correa told Venezuela’s Telesur network in an interview following the vote.

“The only thing that unites these people is their hatred of Correa, not even love of country.”

Mr Correa’s rift with Mr Moreno erupted last year when he called his successor a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” for sacking and prosecuting vice-president Jorge Glas over corruption allegations.

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