Andres Araws, ex-dolphin president Raphael Correa, He has He won the first round of the presidential election, But without enough votes to avoid the April 11th poll. However, the focus is on indigenous lawyer Yaco Perez, who surprisingly became the main figure in last Sunday’s elections, in Ecuador.
Although polls and analysts predicted first place for Oraese, the biggest surprise was that the second place was not in the hands of former banker Guillermo Laso, who is running for the presidency for the third time.
Indigenous lawyer Yakou Perez, who ranked third clearly in previous polls, may be Araws’ rival in April. As of Monday night (8:00 pm in Ecuador), the National Electoral Council awarded Perez 19.96% of the vote and Lasso 19.57%. There is still 1.32% of records to handle. It is estimated that the official result may be released on Wednesday or Thursday.
Interruption Perez holds the second round. If he can vie for the presidency with Arouz, there will be criticism against the “correísmo” of the original left. If Lasso agrees to the second round, he will have to negotiate and take on some of the flags of the indigenous attorneys in order to overcome the difference separating him from Arouz.
It was also a presidential election held in the context of the pandemic. Leandro Quiredo, Director of Electoral Transparency, headquartered in Buenos Aires and observer of the Ecuadorian elections, highlighted the good organization and transparency of the process.
“The vote was conducted with important biosecurity measures, and social distancing was fully complied with. It was a correct operation in a complex context,” comments Querido to DIARIO DE CUBA.
The election expert also highlighted that they were elections that were largely monitored by national civil society and international and specialized organizations alike. “There were more than 300 international observers,” he says.
If Perez confronts Arouz, in the second round, “we can see a rare debate in the Latin American elections, since it transcends the superficial narratives of the left and the right, and instead focuses on core issues such as extractivism, indigenous rights and corruption,” says Jeff Ramsay, an analyst with the Washington Office for America. Latin (WOLA).
Carlos Ranolfo Perez, born in 1969, has been a consistent environmental campaigner. In 2017, it changed its name and was registered as Yaku, “Mountain Water” in the Quichua language. Defense of this natural resource and the fight against mining form the backbone of much of his rhetoric, which is deeply hostile to Korea.
Raphael Correa, who was President of Ecuador for ten years (2007-2017), was the shadow figure for this election campaign. Courts prevented him from running for vice president alongside Arouz, as he was a fugitive from justice, from his residence in Belgium. Correa was present in many ways in this campaign. From Lasso’s hostility to more conservative positions, and Peres on the left, to a series of investigations that in recent months have uncovered several corruption schemes in which the former president could have been involved.
Arouz has avoided at various times a recurring question from the press: Will Correa return and pardon him if his political dolphin reaches the head of state?
For Daniel Zovato, director of the International Institute for Democracy and Elections in Latin America and a famous electoral expert, the February 7th vote revealed the consolidation of the left in Ecuador.
In addition to the previously mentioned candidates, Zovato mentioned that fourth place, “surprisingly”, went to Xavier Hervas, of the Democratic Left Party, who received 16% of the vote.
“If Yaku Pérez goes to the polls it will complicate the strategy of Arauz, who was thought to be polarizing with Guillermo Lasso,” he ruled.
In the second round, it is clear that anti-Correa will be a science for both, but it will be essential to see how an eventual common front that will make the choice of Perez or Lasso grow will be essential. Analysts estimate that Oraese has already reached support ceiling.
It is clear that the urban sectors of the middle class in cities like Quito and Guayaquil, according to analysts, are against the return of the ally of Korea to power, but at the same time they observe with suspicion the possibility of a local prime candidate from Pachakotec, given that this movement led to unrest and movements that led to the downfall of Several presidents at the end of the twentieth century.