Ecuador bucks rightward trend, voting Moreno president

Quito

Socialist Lenin Moreno won Ecuador’s presidential election, the electoral authority confirmed Tuesday, bucking a trend in Latin America to extend a decade of leftist rule in the major oil exporter.
National Electoral Council chief Pablo Pozo said on television that “irreversible official results” showed Moreno, 64, won with 51.16 percent of the votes.
With 99.65 of the ballots counted, he was more than 229,000 votes ahead of his conservative rival Guillermo Lasso, 61, who has alleged voting fraud and refused to accept the result.
Lasso had 48.84 percent.
“We congratulate the Ecuadoran people, who have legally and legitimately elected their president,” Pozo said.
“Ecuador has spoken freely at the ballot box and it is our ethical duty to respect its vote and its voice.”—AFP

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