Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa to run for third term

  • Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced on Saturday he will run for a third term in February's elections.

    The left-wing leader is expected to win the vote.

    Correa has been in power since 2007 and already been re-elected once, a feat not achieved by an Ecuadorean president for more than 30 years.

    Strategic Affairs Secretary Jorge Glas has been announced as the vice-presidential candidate.

    Correa, a 49-year-old economist, has spent billions of dollars on social projects but his critics believe the country’s economy is heavily reliant on oil revenues and Ecuadoreans working overseas.

    Correa has also been accused of hypocrisy for restraining press freedom in Ecuador while pushing the issue abroad.

    His government granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in August after he sought refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.