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Ecuadoran president celebrates vote

QUITO, Ecuador, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has claimed his ruling party has won a nationwide referendum to reconfigure the government.

Ecuador votes to reconfigure government

QUITO, Ecuador, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Ecuadorians voted Sunday to reconfigure their government by way of a new constituent assembly that will likely dissolve the country's Congress.

Correa vows to change Ecuador's government

MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa promised many of his nation's citizens in Miami this weekend he would make sweeping changes in their governmental system.

Ecuador expels World Bank representative

QUITO, Ecuador, April 26 (UPI) -- Ecuador has expelled a World Bank representative to Quito on the order of President Rafael Correa.

Ecuadorian president says he won

QUITO, Ecuador, April 16 (UPI) -- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa celebrated his apparent victory in a referendum to give the country a political overhaul.

Ecuadorian Congress reconvenes

QUITO, Ecuador, March 20 (UPI) -- Ecuador's Congress has reconvened nearly two weeks after 57 lawmakers were forced out of office, El Commercio newspaper reported online. Twenty-one new lawmakers were sworn into office in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and resumed the Congress' legislat

Ecuador: Dozens of lawmakers fired

QUITO, Ecuador, March 8 (UPI) -- Fifty-seven lawmakers were forced out of office after Ecuador's highest electoral court voted to fire them, El Comercio reported Thursday.

Ecuador backs referendum call

QUITO, Ecuador, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Ecuadorian lawmakers have backed a presidential call for a referendum on rewriting the country's constitution, El Comercio reported Tuesday.

Protesters invade Ecuadorian Congress

QUITO, Ecuador, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Protesters disrupted a session of Ecuador's Congress Tuesday, prompting authorities to evacuate the building, El Comercio reported online.

Ecuador swears in new president

QUITO, Ecuador, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Left-wing Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa Monday promised at his swearing-in to lessen his country's dependence on the United States.

Ecuador and Colombia end drug row

QUITO, Ecuador, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ecuador and Colombia have come to an agreement over their long-running row over Colombia's drug-spraying program along their shared border.

Caracas: No role in Colombia-Ecuador spat

CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Venezuela Tuesday denied meddling in the ongoing spat between Colombia and Ecuador regarding Colombia's anti-drug program along their common border.

Ecuador balks at Colombian drug spraying

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa slammed Colombia's renewed drug-spraying program along the countries' shared border calling it a "hostile act."

Correa wins Ecuador's election

QUITO, Ecuador, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Leftist Ecuadorian presidential candidate Rafael Correa has officially won this week's election, an electoral official said Tuesday, El Comercio reports online.

U.S. to maintain strong Ecuador relations

MIAMI, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The United States hopes to continue anti-drug operations in Ecuador following the election of a new leader, the Pentagon's Southern Command said Monday.
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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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