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April 14, 2017

Ecuadoreans Have the Right to a Recount – New York Times

The people — hundreds and thousands of them — took to the streets to peacefully demand a recount of the votes. Many Ecuadoreans simply did not believe the announcement of the results of the April 2 election, which gave the victory to the ruling party’s candidate, Lenin Moreno, with 51.15 percent of the vote, and said Guillermo Lasso, the Creo-Suma party candidate, received 48.85 percent. Ecuadoreans need to clear up any doubts about what happened the day of the runoff presidential election. Read more>>

April 13, 2017

Ecuador’s opposition calls for full recount of presidential votes – Financial Times

It ain’t over till it’s over, so they say. In Ecuador, that may apply to conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso, who continues challenging the result of the presidential runoff held on April 2. On Wednesday he filed a complaint with Ecuador’s electoral council demanding a full recount of the votes, which is legal. Read more>>

April 11, 2017

Opinion: Ecuador’s Dubious Election – The Wall Street Journal

The special-operations unit of the Ecuadorean national police raided the Quito office of polling firm Cedatos on Friday, hauling away computers and documents and arresting two employees. The company is one of the country’s oldest and most reputable independent pollsters. But it’s in trouble with President Rafael Correa, because in the April 2 runoff presidential election its exit poll gave opposition-party candidate Guillermo Lasso 53% of the vote and Mr. Correa’s handpicked candidate Lenín Moreno only 47%. Read more>>

April 6, 2017

Protesters in Ecuador Demand Recount, Warn of Socialist “Dictatorship” – PanAm Post

Following the announcement of the presidential victory of the ruling party’s candidate, Lenin Moreno, the Ecuadorian opposition have protested against the results due to an alleged “electoral fraud.” Thousands of citizens, mostly supporters of the Movimiento CREO, have gathered outside the National Electoral Council (CNE), and have remained there since Sunday night, April 2. However, on Tuesday, April 4th, the number of demonstrators increased after the ruling party candidate’s victory was announced. Read more>>

April 6, 2017

Ecuador National Electoral Council Says Vote Results Are Irreversible – The Wall Street Journal

Ecuador’s national electoral council said Tuesday that the results of the country’s presidential vote are irreversible, giving ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno the victory. Juan Pablo Pozo, the president of the electoral council, said Mr. Moreno received 51.2% of the votes compared with 48.8% for conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, with almost all the ballots counted. Pressure on Mr. Lasso, who has claimed fraud, came from unexpected quarters, with conservative politicians saying he needs to provide real evidence of wrongdoing. Read more>>

April 5, 2017

Ruling party candidate declared victor in Ecuador election – Associated Press

Ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno has won Ecuador’s tight presidential election, the head of the country’s National Electoral Council said Tuesday, bucking a trend of right-wing electoral victories in South America after 15 years of leftist domination. Read more>>

April 3, 2017

Thousands take to the streets of Ecuador amid claims of rigged presidential election – Evening Standard

Ecuador was in turmoil on Monday as thousands of protesters took to the streets amid claims of a rigged presidential election. Results showed the socialist former vice-president Lenin Moreno on 51 per cent with 96 per cent of votes counted in yesterday’s second-round run-off. Read more>>

April 3, 2017

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul – Associated Press

Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador’s presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against fraud. Read more>>

March 31, 2017

Conservative ex-banker vies with Correa ally for Ecuador presidency – Reuters

An ally of leftist President Rafael Correa and a right-wing former bank boss are battling to become Ecuador’s next president in Sunday’s election after a tense and tight campaign in the historically volatile Andean nation. With a sputtering economy the top voter concern, Ecuadoreans will choose between continuing a decade of leftist rule or following several South American nations in shifting towards a more pro-business government as a commodities boom ends. Read more>>

March 28, 2017

A Presidential Candidate Proposes a Tax Change That Would Give Him Millions of Dollars — Should That Be Part of the News? – Huffington Post

It’s day twelve since the story of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso’s bank holdings and possible legal violations first broke. The international media (and largest private Ecuadorian media) is still maintaining its unexplained silence, although by now millions of people in Ecuador have probably heard of it. To be clear, we are not talking about media that is ignoring the presidential election; we are talking about media that is covering this election. Read more>>

March 24, 2017

Media can’t ignore financial scandal in Ecuador’s presidential election – The Hill

As Ecuador heads toward the second round of its presidential election on April 2, a scandal has broken out over the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso’s financial dealings. The accusations are serious and largely based on public records, with most of it verifiable on websites such as the Panamanian Public Registry and Superintendency of Banks and the Ecuadorean Superintendency of Companies. The newspaper that broke the story was Página/12 of Argentina, with two articles there in the last week by journalist Cynthia Garcia, as well as on her website. Yet, as of this writing, the major international media covering the election, as well as the big privately owned Ecuadorian media, have pretended for a week that the story does not exist. Read more>>

March 22, 2017

Latest PetroEcuador CEO quits, poll in dead heat – Argus Media

Shaken by corruption scandals, state-owned PetroEcuador has appointed a new chief executive, its fifth in the last 24 months. Two of the firm’s former chief executives are in prison and a third fled the country. Corruption at PetroEcuador will be one of the biggest challenges facing the tiny Opec nation´s new government to be elected on 2 April. Two leading polls show a statistical dead heat between government-backed Lenin Moreno and reform-minded rival Guillermo Lasso. Read more>>