Ecuador socialist wins presidency, rival alleges fraud

07 April, 2017, 04:48 | Author: Leticia Walters

Ecuador's conservative presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso has said he will not accept the result of the runoff election won by his socialist rival Lenin Moreno.

Meanwhile, Latin American leaders such as Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and Bolivia's Evo Morales congratulated the socialist on his win, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly experienced relief since Lasso had promised to remove the activist from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he now resides.

Moreno and Correa immediately celebrated the results, even though the National Electoral Council had yet to issue a statement.

Shortly before the results became known, Assange posted a message on his Twitter account, asking Lasso to flee the country. Assange is celebrating the results of Ecuador's presidential runoff with a blast at th.

Supporters of Ecuadorean presidential candidate Lenin Moreno wait outside the national electoral council headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, April 2, 2017.

Yet in the final weeks of the race, Mr Moreno had inched ahead in polls amid an aggressive campaign led by Mr Correa to cast Mr Lasso as a wealthy, out-of-touch politician who profited from the country's 1999 banking crisis. Although he backs Assange's continuation at the embassy, Moreno said he would ask him to to "be very delicate when he addresses global politics, especially regarding countries with which we have good relations", according to Latin American news outlet teleSUR.

Moreno is set to continue and expand social programs introduced under outgoing President Rafael Correa, for whom Lenin served as vice president from 2007 to 2013, before working as the United Nations special envoy for Disability and Accessibility.

He accused President Rafael Correa of trying to install an "illegitimate" government. The group did not say which candidate had the advantage.

Last week, Lasso, his family, and supporters were pelted with vuvuzelas and other objects after watching the World Cup qualifier match between Ecuador and Colombia by people he later called "foreign mercenaries" hired by the government.

With Correa departtung after 10 years of consecutive rule and a number of social gains made under the Citizens' Revolution.

The first round of voting in Ecuador's election was so close that a second run-off ballot was called.

Moreno voted in the north of Quito, accompanied by hundreds of his supporters.

Correa said the exit polls had "lied". One by pollster Cedatos, which accurately predicted the results of the first round, gave him a victory by six percentage points.

Polls leading up to Sunday's contest have shown a neck-and-neck vote between Correa's hand-picked successor Lenin Moreno and conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso.

Despite the allegations from Lasso and his supporters, most Latin American countries have already congratulated Moreno on his win.

After the CNE announced results, Moreno said he would "inaugurate the cleanest government in history" that will "completely eradicate corruption". During the election campaign, Moreno promised to continue the policies set by Correa.

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