Ecuador election: Socialist Lenin Moreno declared winner

Ecuadorean President-elect Lenin Moreno

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Lenin Moreno is now Ecuador’s president-elect

Socialist Lenin Moreno has been declared the winner of Ecuador’s carefully contested presidential election.

Incumbent social gathering candidate Mr Moreno received 51.16% of the vote, the nation’s electoral council introduced.

Conservative Guillermo Lasso, whom three exit polls predicted would win after the vote on Sunday, acquired 48.eight%.

Mr Lasso has already indicated he’ll problem the vote, having earlier alleged fraud.

However with 99.65% of ballots counted, the Nationwide Electoral Council’s Pablo Pozo stated these had been the “irreversible official outcomes”.

“We congratulate the Ecuadoran folks, who’ve legally and legitimately elected their president,” he stated.

“Ecuador has spoken freely on the poll field and it’s our moral responsibility to respect its vote and its voice.”

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Conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso has stated he’ll problem the end result

After the announcement, Mr Moreno tweeted: “Many due to all Ecuadorians, who voted for us and who didn’t, and democracy is strengthened.”

Correspondents say his win bucks the pattern throughout Latin America of individuals turning their backs on the left in favour of the suitable.

He succeeds his shut ally Rafael Correa after three phrases of what Mr Correa and his administration dubbed “21st-Century socialism”.

On Sunday, when it first emerged he appeared more likely to lose, Mr Lasso called for people to “peacefully defend their votes”.

It resulted in lots of of Mr Lasso’s supporters gathering in entrance of the electoral fee places of work shouting “No to fraud”.

The Group of American States, which acted as an observer throughout the election, stated it had seen “no discrepancies” between polling station and official outcomes.

Mr Lasso has till 12 April to problem the end result formally, the electoral council stated.

  • 63 years previous, left-wing, former vice-president
  • Shut ally of outgoing President Rafael Correa
  • Turned paraplegic after being shot within the again after being robbed in 1998
  • Needs to extend employment alternatives and provides all Ecuadoreans the prospect to go on to larger schooling
  • Has written books with titles comparable to “Being Glad is Straightforward and Enjoyable”