In late 2006, the people elected leftist Rafael Correa, who openly admires Venezuela’s firebrand president Hugo Chavez and who is opposed to increasing economic ties to the United States. A reformer, he wants to make fundamental changes to Ecuador’s political society, which is among the most corrupt in the world. As he has little support in congress, he may not be able to accomplish much, but the voters sent their leaders a clear message by electing him: they’ve had enough. A former university professor with a doctorate in economics, Correa may just be the man to put Ecuador on the path to a sound economy for the future.