Leftist Moreno officially declared election winner
QUITO | Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno has won Ecuador’s tight presidential election, the head of the country’s National Electoral Council said Tuesday, bucking a trend of right-wing electoral victories in South America after 15 years of leftist domination.
Juan Pablo Pozo, president of the electoral council, said in a nationwide broadcast that the results were “official, irreversible,” with 99.65 percent of the votes counted. He said Mr. Moreno, an ally of outgoing leftist President Rafael Correa, won slightly over 51 percent of the vote, compared with 49 percent for opposition challenger Guillermo Lasso, who is contesting the results over allegations of fraud.
Mr. Lasso, a conservative banker, vowed to continue fighting against the installation of an “illegitimate” government. He said on Wednesday he would present evidence backing up his demand for a recount.