Guillermo Lasso Wins Ecuador Presidency. Former banker Guillermo Lasso won Ecuador’s presidential election on Sunday after his socialist opponent Andres Arauz conceded.
Lasso, 65, is a third-time presidential candidate having finished second to Correa in 2013 and Moreno in 2017.
Lasso declared himself president-elect and accepted the “challenge” of changing Ecuador’s “destiny.”
With 93 percent of votes counted, Lasso held a lead of almost five percentage points over economist Arauz.
Guillermo Lasso disclosed that On May 24 he and his cabinet will assume with responsibility, the challenge of changing the country’s destiny and achieving for all Ecuador the opportunities and prosperity they all yearn for.
Economist Arauz, referred to as the protege of former president Rafael Correa, was magnanimous despite earlier claiming victory following a tight exit poll.
Arauz congratulated the new president elect on his electoral triumph and promised to show him democratic convictions.
Lasso had 52.51 percent of the vote compared with Arauz’s 47.49 percent with 93.14 percent of votes counted, the National Electoral Council said.
The director-general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, congratulated Lasso on the win, saying he hoped they could work together in “strengthening democracy, human rights, security and development.”
Both Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Pou and Luis Abinader, president of the Dominican Republic, said on Twitter they had called Lasso to offer their congratulations.