Monday, April 3, 2017

Ecuador’s Ruling Leftist Party Claims Victory In Yesterday's Presidential Elections. Opposition Claims Fraud

Washington Post: Ecuador on edge as leftist party appears to extend its reign

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador was locked in a political standoff Monday after a disputed presidential vote, with leftist candidate Lenín Moreno claiming victory and his conservative opponent denouncing the results as fraudulent.

The election was a political barometer for several long-dominant leftist parties in South America that have been in retreat after electoral losses. Ecuador’s results appeared to buck that trend.

Election officials have yet to formally declare Moreno the winner, but with 99 percent of the ballots counted, he had a 51 percent to 49 percent advantage over right-wing challenger Guillermo Lasso.

Lasso rejected those results, and his campaign said Monday it had proof that vote tallies were doctored in Moreno’s favor, and would post evidence online to back up its claims.

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More News On Yesterday's Presidential Election In Ecuador

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul -- AP
Ecuador's Lenín Moreno wins election, rival alleges fraud -- UPI
Ecuador’s ruling leftist party celebrates win as opposition alleges fraud -- PBS NewsHour
Ecuador's Election Ends In Close Result, And Accusations Of Cheating -- NPR
Ecuador Election: New President Lenin Merino Claims Victory, Rival Guillermo Lasso Asks For Recount -- International Business Times
Ecuador’s Moreno claims victory in presidential election, rival demands recount -- RT
Leftist Candidate Moreno Triumphs in Ecuador Presidential Election -- Sputnik

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