Govt candidate Moreno wins Ecuador's presidential vote, challenger asks for recount

Govt candidate Moreno wins Ecuador's presidential vote, challenger asks for recountLeftist government candidate Lenin Moreno claimed victory in Ecuador's presidential vote on Sunday, bucking a shift to the right in South America, but the conservative challenger asked for a recount as some supporters took to the streets in protest.

This is reported by Reuters.

Moreno, a paraplegic former vice-president, had secured 51.1 percent of the votes compared with Lasso's 48.9 percent, with more than 96 percent of votes counted, according to the electoral council. It has not yet declared a winner.

A conservative candidate, a former banker, Guillermo Lasso, who had earlier proclaimed himself victorious based on a top pollster's exit poll, disputed the results that would extend a decade-long leftist rule in oil-rich Ecuador.

"They've crossed a line," he told supporters gathered in a hotel in his coastal hometown of Guayaquil. Lasso asked for a recount and vowed to challenge the results, a complex process that could take time.

"We're going to defend the will of the Ecuadorean people in the face of this fraud attempt," he said.

Hundreds of Lasso supporters again swarmed in front of electoral council offices in the capital, Quito, and Guayaquil, waving yellow, blue and red Ecuadorean flags and chanting "No to fraud!" and "We don't want to be Venezuela!"

There were reports of isolated clashes, but protests lost intensity as the night went on.
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