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Ecuador election could decide Assange's continued asylum

  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, human rights activist and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, left, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, center, and Vice President Jorge Glas, sing during the Alianza PAIS party convention where Moreno was chosen as the ruling party presidential candidate, and Glas as his running mate, in Quito, Ecuador. Although congress in 2015 approved a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, Correa rejected calls by supporters to run for a fourth time. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, human rights activist and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, left, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, center, and Vice President Jorge Glas, sing during the Alianza PAIS party convention where Moreno was chosen as the ruling party presidential candidate, and Glas as his running mate, in Quito, Ecuador. Although congress in 2015 approved a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, Correa rejected calls by supporters to run for a fourth time. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of Alliance PAIS presidential candidate Lenin Moreno smiles during a campaign event in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. For the first time in a decade, Rafael Correa won’t be running when Ecuadoreans go to the polls Sunday to elect his successor. Polls say Moreno, of the ruling party, is leading the field of eight candidates, but likely lacking a big enough edge to avoid a runoff election. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    A supporter of Alliance PAIS presidential candidate Lenin Moreno smiles during a campaign event in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. For the first time in a decade, Rafael Correa won’t be running when Ecuadoreans go to the polls Sunday to elect his successor. Polls say Moreno, of the ruling party, is leading the field of eight candidates, but likely lacking a big enough edge to avoid a runoff election. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

Whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can stay at the Ecuadorean embassy in London could depend on the winner of Sunday's presidential election in the South American country.

Polls indicate that none of the eight people running is likely to get enough votes to win the first round.

Lenin Moreno is the hand-picked successor of outgoing President Rafael Correa and has indicated he would back Assange's continued stay. Several conservative candidates have said they would not support his continued asylum.

Correa's foreign ministry decided in 2012 to grant asylum to Assange based on concerns he could face political persecution for documents published by his whistleblowing site.

Assange fled to the embassy after an unsuccessful legal battle to prevent being sent to Sweden, where he is wanted on a rape allegation.