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Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa claimed victory in the country's presidential vote yesterday, moments after exit polls showed voters had handed him a second term in office. Exit polls showed the incumbent obtained 55 per cent of the votes against 28 per cent for nationalist candidate Lucio Gutierrez and 10.2 per cent for right-wing candidate Alvaro Noboa, according to the Cedatos-Gallup polling group. Two other polls also placed Mr. Correa above 50 per cent. However, it was uncertain whether his party would garner a majority in yesterday's elections for congress, likely key for his pursuing a socialist agenda.

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