QUITO.–The Ecuadoran people have decided to continue advancing with the Citizens Revolution initiated more than a decade ago by President Rafael Correa, voting yesterday, April 2, to support the Alianza País candiadate, Lenín Moreno, who defeated Guillermo Lasso from the right wing CREO coalition.
With 94.18% of the ballots counted in the second round elections, Moreno had won 51.07% of the votes, and Lasso 48.93.
Lenin Moreno served as Vice President in Correa's first administration and, between 2014 and 2016, as the United Nations special envoy on Disabilities and Accessibility.
Moreno expressed his gratitude for the support he received and commented that the coming period will be one of "unity, communion, and harmony among all Ecuadorians."
"The Revolution must be defended, and we must continue building a better country," he insisted to supporters, adding that the nation is emerging from a very difficult moment following the world economic crisis and the devastating earthquakes in Esmeralda and Manabí provinces.
The victory of Alianza País confirms the continuity of progressive movements in Latin America, while, at the same time, the right escalates its attacks on the sovereign government of Venezuela.