Ecuador ex-President's party names Luisa Gonzalez as presidential candidate
The political party of Ecuador's ex-President Rafael Correa on Saturday named former lawmaker Luisa Gonzalez as its candidate for presidential elections in August.
Ecuadoreans go to the polls on Aug. 20 to elect a successor to President Guillermo Lasso - who is not running - and choose the 137 members of the country's National Assembly.
Lasso, a conservative former banker, dissolved the legislature in mid-May under a constitutional quirk known as "two-way death" amid an impeachment process that was pushed by lawmakers from Correa's party, Citizen Revolution.
The measure brought forward elections planned for 2025. The president and lawmakers will sit until 2025, when elections will be held again.
Gonzalez is a lawyer, held positions in the public sector between 2016 and 2017 in the Correa government and was a federal lawmaker for the province of Manabi.