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In pictures: Ecuador vote

Ecuadoreans queue to vote in the indigenous community of Cangahua, north of Quito

Voting is obligatory in Ecuador so queues formed early for the referendum which asked voters to decide on measures aimed at overhauling the political system.

Ecuadoreans queue to vote in the indigenous community of Cangahua, north of Quito

Specifically, those voting had to decide if they backed setting up a people's assembly to re-write the constitution.

A guard stands at the polling station as Ecuadoreans wait to vote in the indigenous community of Cangahua, north of Quito

The reforms aim to improve the lives of the poorest people in Ecuador, according to President Rafael Correa.

Rafael Correa arriving to cast his vote in Quito, surrounded by supporters and tight security

Mr Correa exuded confidence as he arrived to cast his vote - opinion polls suggested he would win.

A policewoman walks past a sign urging people to vote "No" in the referendum

The "No" camp and his critics argue it is a disastrous step aimed more at cementing Mr Correa's hold on power.

A woman votes in Calderon, north of Quito

Ecuadoreans are used to political turmoil, having seen eight presidents in the last 10 years.

A little boy waits for his mother peering out from behind a voting booth

Whatever the outcome, Ecuador faces huge challenges in improving the lives of its poor majority.






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