MiamiHerald / Ecuadoreans this weekend – including those in South Florida – are expected to do something that would have been unthinkable just a year ago: End the political career of Rafael Correa, the socialist firebrand who led the nation for a decade and was once considered the region’s most popular president.

On Sunday, voters are being asked to weigh in on seven broad questions in a referendum, including one that reinstates term limits on the presidency, which Correa got rid of in 2015.

If the measure passes, as polls suggest , it will radically change the political landscape in a country where many thought – and some feared – that Correa might become president for life.

And it may be another sign that South America’s once-ascendant left – built on the backs of charismatic leaders like Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales – may be in retreat.


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