Ecuadoreans vote to limit presidents to 2 terms

The Associated Press QUITO (AP) — Ecuadoreans voted by a landslide to limit presidents to two terms in a nationwide referendum that delivered a blow to former President Rafael Correa’s hopes of returning to power.

Results from Sunday’s balloting showed voters approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin a measure reinstating the term limits that Correa eliminated from the Constitution in 2015.

President Lenin Moreno, who was a protege of Correa until taking office last year, hailed the results as a triumph for Ecuador’s democracy. Correa warned that they would usher in a new period of political instability.

The two men have been feuding bitterly almost since Moreno took office last year and quickly extended an olive branch to business leaders and indigenous groups who were bullied by Correa, a leftist firebrand.

“The days of confrontation are behind us,” a triumphant Moreno said in televised remarks with his Cabinet at the presidential palace. “It’s time to embrace each other.”

Correa tried to put a positive spin on the results, saying the 36 percent of voters opposing term limits show that his political movement remains the most dominant in Ecuador.Speech

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