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Correa challenger concedes defeat in Ecuador

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Ecuador's President and candidate for re-election Rafael Correa, top right, and vice presidential candidate Jorge Glass, top left, accompanied by relatives, celebrate after presidential elections in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Although official results had still not been released, Correa celebrated his second re-election as Ecuador's president after an exit poll showed him leading by a wide margin. (AP Photo/Martin Jaramillo)

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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa's main challenger has conceded defeat in Ecuador's presidential vote.

Parrtial official results show Correa winning his third term with 56.7 percent of the vote compared to Guillermo Lasso's 24 percent.

Lasso congratulated Correa just minutes after the results were released Sunday evening.

He said Correa and his team deserves Ecuadoreans' respect for his triumph.

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