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EL UNIVERSO, EL COMERCIO, LA HORA (Ecuador)

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QUITO - Incumbent Rafael Correa has been reelected to a second term as President of Ecuador, handily defeating his opponents with more than 56% of the vote to avoid the need for a runoff.

By early Monday, with more than 11 million ballots cast, the National Electoral Council in Ecuador reported that Correa had garnered 56.7% of the votes, followed by Guillermo Lasso with 23.3% and Lucio Gutiérrez with 6.6%.

Correa, 49, appeared in the Palace of Carondelet in the capital, Quito, after his victory was assured, thanking his supporters for backing his so-called Revolución Ciudadana (Citizen’s Revolution), Alianza PAIS that looks to implement a sort of 21st century brand of socialism. “All the highways and hospitals are for everyone. We have never failed you,” he said. “With all the mistakes we could make, let the Ecuadorian people be assured that in this revolution, they will rule.”

A file photo of Correa (municipio pinas)

El Universo reports that he referred to comments he made against the gay and lesbian community that were criticized during his last term, and reiterated his apologies insisting he will fight against stereotypes.

Correa said that his “governmental arms” are also open to those who don't necessarily agree with his ideology.

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According to La Hora, He dedicated his victory to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez -- who has just returned home after two months of cancer treatment in Cuba -- and called on Latin America to unite to counter a “very cruel neo-liberal globalization.”

No major irregularities were reported, with some 76,000 military and police -- and 320 international observers -- on hand at polling places to ensure free voting.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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