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Julian Assange Safe As Leftist Moreno Defeats Banker Lasso; Recount Demanded

According to Telesur, Lenin Moreno has won the Ecuadorian presidential election Sunday. With 94 percent of the vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for the right-wing alliance with 51.15 percent to 48.85 percent, according to results issued by the country’s National Electoral Council on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. The CNE said it was a transparent and successful election process. A victory for Moreno means that Assange will be safe from expulsion from Ecuador’s London embassy  for the immediate future.

Meanwhile, Lasso has disputed the result and asked for a recount, setting the stage for potential protests in the historically turbulent Andean nation.

“They’ve toyed with popular will,” former banker Lasso told Ecuadorean television on Sunday night, asking for a recount and saying he was the real winner of the vote

 

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