Both candidates claim victory in Ecuador presidential runoff

Kristopher Drake
April 11, 2017

However, the latter said he could not accept the result due to evidence of "irregularities" in the vote.

It would also give a boost to a struggling leftist movement in South America, as right-leaning governments have come to power in Argentina, Brazil and Peru recently as a commodities boom ended, economies flagged and corruption scandals grew.

This arrangement, however, has been in jeopardy since the conservative candidate in the election, Guillermo Lasso, vowed to evict Assange from the embassy within 30 days if he won the vote. The electoral council had not declared a victor.

While Moreno has declared victory in a close runoff, Lasso has called for a vote recount, claiming that he is the real victor of the election.

"They've crossed a line", he told supporters amassed in a hotel in his coastal hometown of Guayaquil, asking for a recount and vowing to challenge the results.

Correa said the exit polls had "lied".

Moreno served as leftist outgoing President Rafael Correa's vice president from 2007-13 before serving as U.N. Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

Despite the CNE and global observers announcing that there were no issues with voting, similar to the first round of voting in February, rumors of voting fraud were circulated on social media by the opposition.

"Congratulations Ecuador, the citizen's revolution has triumphed!" said Maduro, as did much of his cabinet.

"Ecuador deserves that its political actors show ethical responsibility in recognizing the democratic will expressed by the people at the voting booths", said National Electoral President Juan Pablo Pozo.

USA Today believes that with a Moreno win, the two parties, Ecuador and Assange, will continue their agreement which was put in place in 2012 by the President, because he viewed the Wikileaks founder as a fellow "anti-imperialist", who could help him win support.

Some 12.8 million voters were eligible to cast ballots in the election to determine President Rafael Correa's successor, who will take office on May 24. He has repeatedly denied the rape allegations.

Julian Assange has taunted Ecuadorian presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso after the socialist candidate LenĂ­n Moreno defeated him.

Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno is repeating his claims of victory and angrily denouncing as misleading a poll showing his opponent winning.

"I cordially invite Lasso to leave Ecuador within 30 days (with or without his tax haven millions)", he wrote on Twitter.

The vote on April 2 was the second round of voting after Moreno won nearly 40% - 10 points higher than his nerest opponent in Lasso - falling just 0.7% short of winning outright in the first round on Feburary 19.

Assange commented on the election result in a provocative Twitter message, referring to accusations from Correa's camp that Lasso had money stashed in offshore accounts.

Late into the night, Moreno was declared the victor by state media.

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