The new president warned Assange, who has been living in the embassy for 5 years, against interfering in the political matters of Ecuador or its allies.
Lenin Moreno, a 64-year-old Socialist, won the elections on the promise of maintaining the social programmes of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.
Moreno obtained 51.16% of valid votes with Lasso at 48.84% – 1,594 votes more for Moreno than in the original April 2 count.
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Lenin Moreno’s victory will mean the continuation of his predecessor Rafael Correa’s inclusive agenda of development.
Lenin Moreno’s victory in Ecuador’s presidential election offers a ray of hope to the region’s left. But can it check the rise of ‘Little Trumps’ in the continent?
Lenin Moreno secured 51.1% of the votes compared to Guillermo Lasso’s 48.9%, with just over 95% of votes counted, according to the electoral council, which is yet to declare a winner.
Polls show Moreno has pulled ahead of Lasso in the last weeks. He had 52.4% of valid votes versus Lasso’s 47.6% in a 18-21 March survey.
First-round voting confirmed that populist president Rafael Correa’s AP movement is still Ecuador’s most powerful political force. But the right is gaining strength.
Lenin Moreno, a leftist was the clear leader of Sunday’s election, pocketing 39.21% of valid votes versus 28.34% for Lasso, with 95.3% of votes counted.
According to critics, leftist candidate Lenin Moreno is ill-equipped to overhaul an ailing economy hit by low oil prices, steep debts and a stronger US dollar that has hurt exports.
In Sunday’s election, Lenin Moreno, a leftist, was a whisker short of the 40% of valid votes and a 10 percentage point difference over ex-banker Guillermo Lasso.
While his opponents say that Lenin Moreno is fooling the people of Ecuador, for the estimated 400,000 people with disabilities, he is a hero.