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QUITO : A Vote After 17 Years

August 04, 1992

Sixto Duran is expected to sharply turn Ecuador's economic policy toward a more austere and free-market orientation after he takes office as President next Monday.

In a speech following his election, Duran said: "The failures we have experienced under the present system are obvious for us to venture without reflection or studies toward radical changes."

The 71-year-old conservative beat Jaime Nebot of the center-right Social Christian Party in a runoff on July 5. Duran succeeds President Rodrigo Borja, a Social Democrat who beat him in the previous elections in 1988.

Inflation in Ecuador has hovered at about 50% a year during Borja's administration. To fight inflation, Duran has promised to reduce the size of the government and cut back official spending.

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