Correa re-elected as president
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, the dynamic left-winger who has championed the lower classes with generous social spending, but is widely criticised as intolerant of dissent, coasted to a second term in office.
Mr Correa won 56.7% of the vote against 24% for his closest challenger, former Banco de Guayaquil chief Guillermo Lasso, with 36% of the vote counted.
So confident was Mr Correa of victory that he appeared on state TV less than an hour after the polls closed, hugging jubilant supporters at the Carondelet presidential palace in the capital Quito. He then addressed a cheering crowd from its balcony.
"This victory is yours. It belongs to our families, our wives, our friends and neighbours, the entire nation," he said. "We are only here to serve you. Nothing for us. Everything for you, a people who have become dignified in being free."
Mr Lasso conceded as first official results were released, congratulating Mr Correa for "a victory deserving respect". Former president Lucio Gutierrez won 5.9% and the rest of the vote was divided among five other candidates.
Mr Correa said his goal was to now further reduce poverty, which the United Nations says dropped from 37.1% to 32.4% since he first took office in 2007, as he deepens what he terms his "citizens' revolution".
Mr Correa, 48, has brought uncharacteristic political stability and modest economic growth to the oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million people that cycled through seven presidents in the decade before him.
He has raised living standards for the poor and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending, though human rights groups say he bullies anyone who gets in his way and civil liberties have suffered. Mr Correa's result topped his April 2009 re-election, when he won 51.7% of the vote, in an election mandated by a constitutional rewrite approved in a referendum. He is legally barred from another four-year term - unless he seeks to amend the constitution.
A champion of big government in the mould of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, but more respectful of private property, Mr Correa has made state education and health care more accessible, built or improved 4,870 miles of road and, the government says, created 95,400 jobs in the past four years.
Mr Lasso had promised a government friendlier to foreign investment, lower taxes on job-creating companies and a rolling back of elements of what Mr Correa calls his "21st-century socialism", such as a 5% tax on capital removed from Ecuador.