Moreno may face challenge after slim victory in Sunday vote
QUITO | Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador’s presidential election, but his conservative rival refused to recognize the results Monday, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud.
Sunday’s second-round runoff in the Andean nation of 16 million was seen as a barometer of whether the left, which had dominated South American politics for the past 15 years, could stop a string of right-wing victories across the region. Leftist President Rafael Correa was not seeking another term.
With more than 99 percent of polling places counted, Mr. Moreno had 51 percent of the vote while conservative banker Guillermo Lasso stood at just under 49 percent, but Mr. Lasso vowed to keep up the fight against the installation of an “illegitimate” government.