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Ecuador's Citizens' Revolution Marks 10 Years of Social Gains

Thousands of Ecuadoreans joined President Rafael Correa in the coastal city of Guayaquil on Jan. 15 to celebrate 10 years of the Citizens' Revolution that has brought a wave of social and economic gains to the South American country since the left-wing Alianza Pais party came to power in 2007. 

In the past decade under the Correa government, Ecuador has lifted more than 1.5 million people out of poverty, doubled the minimum wage, doubled health spending per person, cut unemployment by over 4 percent and expanded social security to hundreds of thousands of people for the first time, among other social and economic gains.

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President Rafael Correa attends the event in Guayaquil commemorating 10 years of the Citizens
President Rafael Correa attends the event in Guayaquil commemorating 10 years of the Citizens' Revolution, Jan. 15, 2017. Photo:EFE
Rafael Correa greets supporters during an event in Guayaquil.
Rafael Correa greets supporters during an event in Guayaquil. Photo:EFE
Thousands of supporters gathered downtown Guayaquil to celebrate a decade of progressive governments.
Thousands of supporters gathered downtown Guayaquil to celebrate a decade of progressive governments. Photo:Andes
Rafael Correa waves at supporters in Guayaquil.
Rafael Correa waves at supporters in Guayaquil. Photo:EFE
Correa gestures while speaking to crowds at the event.
Correa gestures while speaking to crowds at the event. Photo:Andes
Supporters of Correa and his Alianza Pais party
Supporters of Correa and his Alianza Pais party's Citizens' Revolution flood the streets of Guayaquil. Photo:Telegrafo
Ecuador will elect a new president in February. Correa
Ecuador will elect a new president in February. Correa's former vice president, Lenin Moreno, is leading in recent polls. Photo:Secretariat of Communication Ecuador
Thousands of Ecuadreans fill the streets to celebrate 10 years of poverty reduction and social gains.
Thousands of Ecuadreans fill the streets to celebrate 10 years of poverty reduction and social gains. Photo:Telegrafo
Correa greets supports below a balloon that labels the Citizens
Correa greets supports below a balloon that labels the Citizens' Revolution the "Decade Won." Photo:EFE
Correa and his former vice president Lenin Moreno (L), who is currently leading the presidential race, take the stage in Guayaquil.
Correa and his former vice president Lenin Moreno (L), who is currently leading the presidential race, take the stage in Guayaquil. Photo:Andes
Lenin Moreno (C), in a wheelchair since being shot in an assault in 1998, is running for president with Correa
Lenin Moreno (C), in a wheelchair since being shot in an assault in 1998, is running for president with Correa's Alianza Pais party. Photo:EFE
Correa greets supporters gathered to celebrate the Citizens
Correa greets supporters gathered to celebrate the Citizens' Revolution. Photo:EFE
Supporters dressed in the colors of Correa
Supporters dressed in the colors of Correa's Alianza Pais party cheer in the streets of Guayaquil. Photo:EFE
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