Analysis: Ecuador to Hold General Elections in Fragmented Political Landscape

Observers say there are two leading presidential hopefuls: conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso and progressive candidate Andrés Arauz. A second round of elections is probable.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ecuador is heading towards general elections scheduled for Sunday, February 7th, in which 16 candidates are vying for the presidency amid a fragmented political landscape.

According to observers, there has yet to be a consolidated political tendency, with splintered parties too small to represent a large portion of the population, and many of them are thus relying on temporary alliances to gather votes.

The fact that so many parties are in the running reflects Ecuador's need for political reform, especially given the low approval ratings of some candidates, said Juan Paz y Mino, an Ecuadorian . . .

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