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Published: Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:10 p.m.

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

  • People lead Mr. Burro  to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador,...

    AP

    People lead Mr. Burro to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Thursday.

QUITO, Ecuador -- The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.

At least 40 people paraded their candidate through the city's streets to the electoral council offices. Mr. Burro even wore a tie. But officials refused to even let them in the door on Thursday, even though backers had dummied up a mock voter registration card showing the candidate's photo superimposed on a man wearing a business suit.

Donkey backer Daniel Molina told local television stations the goal was to call voters' attention to the seriousness of the February election, not to insult any party.
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