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Ecuador election goes to an April run-off


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Ecuador election goes to an April run-off

The presidential race in Ecuador is to go to a second round run-off between leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso.

Although Moreno was the clear leader in Sunday’s election, he failed to to get the 40 percent of votes and a 10 percentage-point difference over his nearest rival needed to win outright.

Ecuador’s fragmented opposition is now expected to close ranks around Lasso in a runoff amid anger over an economic downturn and a series of corruption scandals, potentially ending a decade of leftist rule in Ecuador.

Moreno, who is paraplegic since being shot during a robbery some two decades ago while he was out buying bread, vowed to become one of the world’s rare disabled presidents.

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