Left­ist Moreno of­fi­cially declared elec­tion win­ner

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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