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"...13 million of Ecuadorians will go to the polls... and the couple having the best chance of winning is the one supported Correa's Union for Hope..."
On Saturday, in an unexpected turn of events, Jorge Glas declined the nomination after being announced as candidate, citing the legal investigations and ongoing persecution against him. He instead called on RC lawmaker Luisa González as presidential candidate and Andrés Arauz to run as the vice-presidential candidate.
Glas served as VP with Rafael Correa and Lenin Moreno. He spent 5 years in jail due to a case of lawfare and political persecution for refusing to turn against Correa.
On August 20, over 13 million of Ecuadorians will go to the polls to elect their highest authorities and 137 legislators, who will remain in office until May 2025.
Although at least 6 presidential pairings have been announced so far, the couple having the best chance of winning is the one supported Correa's Union for Hope (UNES), a coalition of parties that managed to obtain most subnational governments in the last elections.
#Ecuador | The candidates for president and vice president for the Citizen Revolution for the early elections will be Luisa Gonzalez and Andres Arauz pic.twitter.com/SrCzoo8pJO
This former assemblywoman is a lawyer who graduated from the International University of Ecuador. She earned also a master’s degree in Senior Management from the Institute of Higher National Studies and a master’s degree in International Economics and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid.
In 2016, Gonzalez served as Public Administration Undersecretary. Later, she was appointed advisor at the state-owned company Ecuador's Post Office, consul general of Ecuador in Alicante (Spain), and secretary of the Superintendence of Companies.
Between 2018 and 2019, she served as national secretary of the Andean Parliament, which is a political institution of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN).
This 38-year-old politician studied economics at the University of Michigan, a master's degree in Development Economics at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), and a Ph.D. in economics at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
As an academic, Arauz has participated in research groups related to the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), and the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and Institute for Social Research.
In 2006, he worked as an official at the Central Bank, where he served as a banking director between 2009 and 2011. Before assuming this position, Arauz was a financial policy advisor at the Economic Policy Ministry from 2007 to 2009.
Later, he was appointed as Undersecretary of Planning at the National Secretariat for Planning and Development (SENPLADES).
In 2015, President Rafael Correa appointed Arauz as Minister Coordinator of Knowledge, a position from which he monitored policies and interventions carried out by the ministries of education, culture, higher education, science, and technology.
Six years later, Andres Arauz ran as a presidential candidate for the Union for Hope (UNES) in the 2021 elections, in which banker Guillermo Lasso won in the second round.