Presidential election goes to second round on 2nd April


Despite delays in getting a final result following last Sunday’s general election, it now looks clear that there will be a second round runoff for the post of president on 2nd April.

With 98.94% of the votes counted the candidate of the ruling left-wing PAIS Alliance, Lenín Moreno, has 39.34% of the vote, just short of the 40% with a 10% margin needed to win outright in the first round. Moreno is the choice of incumbent President Rafael Correa.

Moreno will face Guillermo Lasso of the centre-right CREO (Creating Opportunities) who has 28.15% of the vote. Cynthia Viteri of the centre-right Social Christian Party (PSC) who came third with 16.26% of the vote has pledged her support to Guillermo Lasso. Lasso has already started to pick up other allegiances including the mayors of Quito (the capital), Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city) and Cuenca (an important southern city).

Results for the National Assembly are still far from completed.

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