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Ecuador election reveals deep social divisions

Ecuador is no stranger to political confrontation. When Lucio Gutiérrez, the country’s last elected president, stepped down in April 2005 in the face of violent protests in Quito, he became the third head of state in eight years to be forced from office early. In recent months, the Andean country has been hit with unrest in the eastern jungle region aimed at foreign investors in the oil sector and demonstrations in the highlands against a trade pact with the US. Full Story

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