Ecuador will have to wait a few more months to know the name of its new president. Luisa González, 45, a loyalist of former progressive President Rafael Correa, and Daniel Noboa, 35, son of one of the country's richest businessmen (defeated by Correa in a presidential runoff), will compete in the second round on October 15. The result emerged at the end of a seemingly quiet but essentially tense election day, dominated by fear of drug violence, in a country still in shock over the murder of centrist candidate Fernando Villavicencio. A country that with a historic turnout - over 82% - wanted to give a strong signal of the desire to take back the reins of its security and its destiny. An electoral round that still recorded an attempt at sabotage, with the platform used to record the votes of Ecuadorians abroad under cross-attacks launched by India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and China, and in Europe focused mainly on Spain and Italy. Gonzalez, a lawyer, animal rights activist, but opposed to abortion even in cases of rape, is determined to integrate Correa (accused of corruption and currently in exile in Belgium) into her executive. The only woman in the running, she led the results with over 30%, but did not reach the threshold necessary to take home an immediate victory. The candidate of the Revolucion Ciudadana movement has assured that the priority of her eventual government will be to fight the "very serious infiltration of drug trafficking". To contend for the leadership of Palazzo Carondelet is Daniel Noboa, with over 24% of the votes. The son of banana magnate Álvaro Noboa, he is the youngest in the electoral competition. Having managed to impose himself somewhat surprisingly, in terms of security, the candidate of National Democratic Action (ADN) has a recipe that also passes through a different distribution of prisoners in prisons. And in addition to this, it aims to create jobs also through opportunities for entrepreneurs. Christian Zurita, an anti-narcos journalist who took to the track for the Construye Movement, after the murder of Villavicencio, came third in the dispute, exceeding 16,295. Fourth place went to the Ecuadorian Bolsonaro, former paratrooper Jan Topic (about 14%), while none of the other four candidates exceeded 10%. In reality, however, the new head of state will not have much room to change things. In fact, those elected will remain in office only a little more than a year. Until the end of the parliamentary term. Then we will return to the vote in 2025, for a regular term. In May, conservative President Guillermo Lasso invoked the constitutional clause of "muerte cruzada" (mutual death) and dissolved the opposition-controlled parliament to escape impeachment, creating the conditions for this early vote.
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