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Ecuador's president will seek cabinet shuffle, change to party

Published on Feb 26, 2014 12:16 PM

Ecuador (REUTERS) - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Tuesday said he will ask for his cabinet's resignation and reshape his political party after the loss of the capital city of the oil-producing Andean nation to the opposition in local elections.

Opposition candidates on Sunday won elections to run the local governments of Quito and industrial city Cuenca, and maintained control of the economic capital and port city of Guayaquil in an unsettling result for the government.

"There will be a cabinet crisis," Correa told reporters in the port city of Guayaquil, adding that he had considered changing his government ministers prior to the vote.

"The problem isn't the government; it could win many posts ... we believe in any case that fresh air is needed."

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