Moreno may face chal­lenge af­ter slim vic­tory in Sun­day vote

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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