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Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

 

People lead a donkey named “Mr. Donkey” to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thursday. Daniel Molina, leader of the Mr. Donkey support group, said his group's goal was to raise awareness among voters about the seriousness of the National Assembly elections and the importance of choosing effective candidates.

People lead a donkey named “Mr. Donkey” to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thursday. Daniel Molina, leader of the Mr. Donkey support group, said his group's goal was to raise awareness among voters about the seriousness of the National Assembly elections and the importance of choosing effective candidates. Photo by: AP Photo/Diario Expreso

 

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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. Donkey even wore a tie. But officials refused to let them in the door on Thursday, 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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