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As surprising as the Brexit and Trump wins, early results show Guillermo Lasso as the winner of today’s runoff presidential election.
Earlier this afternoon, El Universo declared “Guillermo Lasso, nuevo presidente de Ecuador, según exit poll de Cedatos” (Guillermo Lasso, new president of Ecuador, according to Cedatos exit poll). In exit polls of 36,000 voters, Cedatos found
GUILLERMO LASSO 53,02 %
LENÍN MORENO 46,98 %
Polling organization Cedatos had previously shown leftist (and friend of the late Hugo Chávez) president Rafael Correa’s hand-picked successor, Lenín Moreno, ahead by at least five percentage points.
— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesT47) April 2, 2017
There is no word from the elections commission on how soon official results will be made available, but Lasso tweeted in the last hour,
“Democracy won, FREEDOM won in Ecuador.”
— Guillermo Lasso (@LassoGuillermo) April 2, 2017
As for Julian Assange,
Hope Assange booked that Airbnb in anticipation… https://t.co/eT8gGvtSe3
— Ana Rosa Quintana (@Ana_R_Quintana) April 2, 2017
10:30pm Moreno declared winner by CNE (National Election Council).
Lasso’s coalition press conference on Facebook Live 10:33pm Eastern time. The speaker claims that the CNE is reversing the counts, i.e., assigning Lasso’s votes to Moreno.
¡ATENCIÓN! Rueda de prensa ¡EN VIVO! https://t.co/Ap7rMYrqUX
— Guillermo Lasso (@LassoGuillermo) April 3, 2017
The CNE website is still down.
The first runoff results were not made public for almost four days.