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Ecuador elects right-wing Guillermo Lasso as the country's new president

Lasso won in the second round after a heated dispute against Andrés Arauz, an ally of former President Rafael Correa

Ecuador's president Guillermo Lasso
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  • With 97.9% of the votes counted, Lasso made 52.5% of the votes and Arauz, 47.5%;
  • Lasso takes over the country from 17.4 million people as of May 24;
  • Lasso said he would maintain a diplomatic relationship with countries in the region governed by leftists presidents.

The Ecuadorians elected, in the second round this Sunday, banker Guillermo Lasso as the new president of Ecuador, after a fierce dispute against leftist economist Andrés Arauz, an ally of former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017). With 97.9% of the votes counted, Lasso made 52.5% of the votes and Arauz, 47.5%

Right-wing candidate, Lasso, 65, had already run in the country’s presidential elections on two other occasions, in 2013 and 2017. Lasso was supported by businessmen, the media and voters frustrated with the socialism defended by Correa.

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Lasso takes over the country from 17.4 million people as of May 24. Lenín Moreno, the current president, leaves office under strong criticism due to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the country’s economy.

Lasso is defined as “a liberal in the economy and a conservative in customs”. During his campaign, he said he was attentive to the demands of younger Ecuadorians, related to issues such as the environment and diversity. Lasso also said he would maintain a diplomatic relationship with countries in the region governed by leftists presidents.

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