On February 17, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa was re-elected in a landslide vote. With more than 95% of the vote counted, the populist Correa secured about 56% of the votes, versus the 24% garnered by his closest rival, businessman Guillermo Lasso. President Correa's ruling party Alianza Pais appears to be on course to secure a majority in Congress as well. During the campaign, President Correa vowed to deepen his "revolution" to diversify the economy, further reduce poverty and maintain Ecuador as the most 'successful economy in Latin America'. The newly re-elected Correa told supporters "In this revolution the citizens are in charge, not capital," on Feburary 17. He dedicated his victory to President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, a close friend and supporter. Correa has long worked to relieve Ecuador's dependence on petroleum for its economy.
Ecuador: Continued leftward career of President Correa
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International nuclear fusion reactor under construction in France won't begin operation until 2027, but Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works claims they will place a fusion reactor on the back of a truck in ten years.