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Competitive Presidential Contest Enters Round Two in Ecuador

LADB Article ID: 80235
Category/Department: Ecuador
Date: 2017-03-10
By: Luis Ángel Saavedra

Lenín Moreno, the candidate of Alianza País, Ecuador’s ruling party, won the largest proportion of the votes ––39.36%––in the first round of the country’s presidential elections. But the election will go into a second round, because even though Moreno had the required 10-point lead over banker Guillermo Lasso, who garnered 28.9%, he fell short of the 40% required to win the election. Once the results were released after a tense wait during which the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral, CNE) had to face tough questions from both sides, Moreno and Lasso launched efforts to gain followers by seeking the support of the losing parties. That is proving to be a difficult task for both candidates. Moreno has the stigma of being part of a government that stayed in power for 10 years with signs of authoritarianism and concentration of power. And Lasso can’t shed the image of the candidate of the bankers who moved Ecuador toward financial collapse at the end of the last century.To win adherents, the two candidates have pledged to make changes, but these are simply electoral promises. The candidates have not been able to explain how they will carry out their promises or where the proposed changes are headed.

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