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Ecuador vote recount confirms Moreno as next president
April 19, 2017 / 10:37 AM / 8 months ago

Ecuador vote recount confirms Moreno as next president

QUITO (Reuters) - A recount of more than 1.2 million votes in Ecuador late Tuesday confirmed leftist candidate Lenin Moreno the winner of presidential elections, the country’s electoral council said.

FILE PHOTO: Lenin Moreno talk to the media at his party headquarters in Quito, Ecuador April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

In the recount, Moreno, 64, obtained 51.16 percent of valid votes with Lasso at 48.84 percent - 1,594 votes more for Moreno than in the original April 2 count.

The OPEC country’s new president is to be inaugurated on May 24.

Both Moreno and Guillermo Lasso, a 61-year-old former banker, had called for a recount after the original results.

Lasso had declared himself the winner and denounced the official figures as a mockery of the Ecuadorean people.

Moreno’s party said he had won by a larger margin than the original tally showed.

Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito.; Writing by Girish Gupta in Caracas; Editing by John Stonestreet and Andrew Heavens

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