February 5, 2018 / 1:24 AM / in 9 months

Ecuadoreans support ending unlimited presidential re-election - government

QUITO (Reuters) - A majority of Ecuadoreans voted in a referendum on Sunday in favour of ending unlimited presidential re-election, the elections council said, citing a quick count.

Sixty-four percent of the Andean nation’s voters supported changing the constitution to prevent presidents from holding office for more than two terms, Elections Council President Nubia Villacis told a news conference. A quick count projects results based on a sample of polling stations.

The change would prevent former President Rafael Correa, who held office for a decade, from returning to power.

Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Peter Cooney

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