Global Journalist: Ecuador Election Tests Correa Legacy
A presidential run-off in the South American nation of Ecuador is shaping up as a referendum on the decade-long rule of leftist President Rafael Correa.
Under Correa the government has used oil revenues to slash poverty, but his ruling PAIS Alliance has been criticized for corruption scandals and a drift towards authoritarianism.
With term limits forcing Correa from office, polls show his chosen successor Lenin Moreno in a tight race with opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a tight presidential race in Ecuador and what it means for remaining leftist governments in Latin America.
Joining the program:
- Carolina Loza-Leon, a freelance journalist based in Quito
- Carla González, an Ecuadorian reporter for the news network TeleSur
- Alexandra Ulmer, a South America correspondent for Reuters
- John Polga-Hecimovich, a political scientist who researches Latin America at the U.S. Naval Academy