The socialist former vice-president Lenin Moreno has won the presidential elections in Ecuador, the Quito electoral commission has confirmed his election. Moreno obtained 51.6% of the vote against the 48.84% gathered by the conservative Guillermo Lasso who has has demanded a recount, arguing electoral fraud was used to grant victory to his rival. "I cannot accept these results because they do not reflect the will of the people," Lasso, a former banker, said. "There is fraud, blatant fraud, in the counting process." With more than 99 percent of polling places counted after Sunday's second-round runoff, Lasso, according to the electoral commission reached 48.84%, against Moreno’s 52.16%. Lasso has declared he will contest the result.
According to Pablo Pozo, president of the electoral council, "the outcome is irreversible." Moreno was elected officially following the elections that took place on Sunday and will take the place of Rafael Correa.