Venezuela crisis casts shadow over Ecuador presidential election

By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) – Venezuela’s political crisis is looming over Sunday’s tight presidential election in Ecuador, where a leftist government aligned with Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro is hoping to prolong its decade-long rule. Ecuador pro-business candidate Guillermo Lasso has doubled down on accusations that government-backed candidate Lenin Moreno would turn the Andean country into Venezuela, alluding to a recent Supreme Court move there to neuter the National Assembly that foes denounced as a lurch into dictatorship.

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