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Ecuadorans appear to favor new constitution

August 25, 2008 | 12:59 pm

Thousands marched Saturday to back Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa, who polls show appears closer to winning a Sept. 28 vote to pass a new constitution that would expand the leftist leader's authority, reports Reuters.

Correa, a former economy minister who took office last year, is widely popular for his spending on the poor and his pledges to fight powerful elites, whom he blames for the political instability that toppled his last three predecessors.

The new constitution would bolster Correa's sway over the oil-producing nation's economy and political institutions, such as Congress and the top courts.

Read the full report on Ecuador's President Correa here.

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