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Ecuador in for runoff vote in presidential elections

Ecuador appeared to be heading for a second round of presidential elections in May after the two front-runners conceded Monday that neither of them had won a majority in Sunday's voting.

Sixty percent of the unofficial returns had been counted at the time of the concessions. Social Democrat Rodrigo Borja was leading with 28.6 percent of the vote. Conservative Leon Febres Cordero had 27.8 percent. To have avoided a May 6 runoff, one of the candidates would have had to win more than 50 percent of the vote.

Nine candidates are contesting the election, to replace President Osvaldo Hurtado, who is constitutionally barred from reelection. Mr. Borja and Mr. Febres said the high number of candidates had prevented either of them from attaining a majority.

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