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Leftist Presidential Candidate Correa Claims Victory in Ecuador


Leftist economist Rafael Correa has claimed victory in Ecuador's presidential election, as an unofficial quick count and two exit polls show him about 14 points ahead of conservative businessman Alvaro Noboa.

The quick count, released Sunday evening by the election watchdog "Citizens' Participation," showed Correa with 57 percent of the vote. Noboa had 43 percent.

Noboa, a billionaire banana tycoon, dismissed the exit polls and the quick count, saying he would wait for official results.

Both Noboa and Correa ran on populist platforms promising to improve the lives of Eduador's poorest citizens.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.