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President urges unity on reforms

September 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Ecuador's leftist president, Rafael Correa, urged his opponents to join his efforts to build a more just society, saying the overwhelming victory of his constitutional referendum gave him a broad mandate.

With 90% of ballots counted, 64% of Ecuadorean voters approved the measure. Correa got the majority he needed in all but two of Ecuador's 24 provinces.

The 20th constitution in the history of the nation considerably broadens Correa's powers and will let him run for two more consecutive terms.

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