Ecuador's president-elect warns Assange to avoid politics

Ecuador's president-elect warns Assange to avoid politics

Ecuador's president-elect warns Assange to avoid politics

Ecuador's electoral council said on Tuesday Moreno pocketed 51.16 percent of valid votes versus 48.84 percent for Lasso, with 99.65 percent of votes counted.

Part of the problem is the opposition's distrust of the National Electoral Council, which it says has become an appendage of the executive in the way the electoral board in Venezuela has all but lost independence under President Nicolas Maduro, a key ally of Correa. He also called his supporters to fill the streets to guard against fraud. The first round presidential vote was shrouded in controversy, when the CNE shut down its counting process at 11pm on the first night, and then proceeded to delay four days before reporting final official results, which confirmed a second round election between Lasso and Moreno.

On election night, thousands of outraged Lasso supporters shouting "fraud" crashed through metal barricades to nearly reach the entrance of the electoral council's headquarters in Quito.

Electoral authorities said if necessary they will recount votes at polling centers where results are formally challenged.

Scuffles also broke out in Guayaquil, where Lasso is from, before riot police before pushed back protesters with tear gas.

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"We're looking at an unprecedented situation: those behind the fraud are the judges themselves", Lasso told foreign reporters, adding that his campaign would seek a recount once the results are certified. On Monday, he sent a flurry of tweets saying the Lasso campaign had hired Cedatos.

Fulfilling a new commitment - enshrined in Ecuador's 2008 constitution - to prohibit foreign military bases in the country, in 2009 Correa ordered the withdrawal of USA troops from the Manta military base, established in 1978, after its most recent 10-year lease expired.

The Australian former hacker, 45, celebrated the result by attacking Mr Moreno's conservative opponent, Guillermo Lasso, who had said that if elected he would "politely" ask Mr Assange to leave the embassy within a month.

"I'm going to be the president of everyone but fundamentally those who are poorest", said Moreno.

The socialist president-elect's conservative rival, Guillermo Lasso, had vowed to kick Assange out of the embassy.

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