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Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

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Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

Venezuelan President Chavez dies at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 5 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced in a televised address. Chavez was 58.

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Correa dedicates win to Venezuela's Chavez

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa who swept to re-election with 57 percent of the vote, dedicated his victory to ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Exit polls: Ecuador re-elects Correa

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Voters in Ecuador Sunday re-elected President Rafael Correa with 58.8 percent of the vote, exit polls showed.

Ecuador's Correa set for comfortable win

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Oil-rich Ecuador's President Rafael Correa is poised for a comfortable win in a Feb. 17 presidential election amid a weak challenge from a divided opposition accused of resorting to violence amid mounting frustration.
Hugo Chavez out of surgery

Hugo Chavez out of surgery

HAVANA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Venezuela President Hugo Chavez's cancer surgery in Cuba was successful, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.
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London hopes talks on Assange will restart

LONDON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Britain says it hopes talks will soon resume to end a political crisis with Quito over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's presence in Ecuador's London Embassy.
Correa: Don't enter embassy for Assange

Correa: Don't enter embassy for Assange

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Britain's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden where he is accused of sexual offenses.
Ecuador grants WikiLeaks founder asylum

Ecuador grants WikiLeaks founder asylum

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Ecuadorian government said Thursday it will grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden.

Assange's mother pleads for Ecuador asylum

QUITO, Ecuador, July 29 (UPI) -- The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said she has traveled to Ecuador to plead with authorities to grant her son asylum in the country.
Ecuador considers Assange's asylum request

Ecuador considers Assange's asylum request

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- Ecuador's president said his government will "take the time that is necessary" in deciding whether to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.
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Rafael Correa, president of the Republic of Ecuador, addresses the 62nd General Assembly at the United Nations on September 26, 2007 in New York City. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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Rafael Correa Delgado born (April 6, 1963) is the President of the Republic of Ecuador and was the president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. An economist educated in Ecuador, Belgium and the United States, he was elected President in late 2006 and took office in January 2007. In December 2008, he declared Ecuador's national debt illegitimate because it was contracted by corrupt/despotic prior regimes. He then pledged to fight creditors in international courts, and succeeded in reducing the price of the debt letters and continued paying all the debt. He brought Ecuador into the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas in June 2009. His first term in office was due to end on January 15, 2011, but the new approved constitution written by the new National Assembly mandated general elections for April 26, 2009. In that election, Rafael Correa won in the first round with 51.9% of votes counted. It was the first time since 1979 in which a representative was elected without having to face a second round. Consequently, Correa began a new term in office due to end on August 10, 2013, which could be extended by reelection until 2017. To date, Correa’s administration has succeeded in reducing high levels of poverty, indigence, and unemployment.

A descendant of the Chilean politician Rafael Correa of Saa and Lazón, Rafael Correa was born in a middle class home in the center of Guayaquil. His father was Rafael Correa Icaza, born in the Province of Los Ríos, Ecuador, March 23, 1934 and deceased June 10, 1995; and his mother is Norma Delgado Rendón, born September 1, 1939.

His parents had three more children: Fabricio Correa, Pierina Correa; Bernardita Correa(+). He is married to Anne Malherbe, teacher of Belgian nationality born in 1969,cwho he met in 1990 at the Catholic University of Louvain. The couple have three children: Sofía, Anne Dominique and Rafael Miguel. Correa practices Roman Catholicism.

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