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As Ecuador grapples with the crippling social and economic impacts of Covid-19, its voters will choose on 11 April whether a left-wing technocrat and economist or a conservative banker-turned-politician is the most suitable president to lead them out of the crisis.

Sunday’s presidential run-off election is set to take place against the backdrop of one of the worst economic downturns in the Andean nation’s history caused by a still-raging coronavirus pandemic that has so far claimed more than 17,000 lives. Eight of the country’s 24 provinces, including the capital Quito and the largest city, Guayaquil, have been under a health emergency.