Rafael Correa is expected to be re-elected as Ecuador's president next February, boosted by the popularity of his public spending programmes. Soaring petroleum prices have been the key to the country's booming economy, but reserves are beginning to decline and Mr Correa hopes a gold rush will maintain revenues. His support for mining brings risks of social conflict and political protest, and his other challenges include combating drug trafficking and violent crime.
Rafael Correa sees mining boom as driving Ecuador's golden future
ECUADOR is one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.
Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 7.8 ...