Ecuador’s Lasso advances to presidential runoff

Supporters of Ecuadorean presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso gather before his closing campaign rally, ahead of the February 7 presidential vote, in Guayaquil, Ecuador February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos

Ecuadoran presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso on Sunday celebrated his passage to the second round of elections on April 11, in which he will face off against Progressive candidate Andres Arauz.

“Let’s go to the second round with courage and optimism! With me, there will always be space to have an upfront and sincere dialogue that adds to the objective of achieving together. #ElEcuadorDelEncuentro,” Lasso wrote on Twitter.

Lasso, a former banker and candidate from the alliance between the Creating Opportunities Movement and the Social Christian Party, obtained the second place in the presidential elections held on Feb. 7, in which Arauz prevailed by a wide margin, according to the National Council Electoral.

Arauz, the candidate from the progressive coalition Union for Hope, is backed by former President Rafael Correa, winning the first round with 32.72 percent of the vote, while Lasso won 19.74 percent.

This will be the third time that Lasso will seek the presidency in a second electoral round after his defeat in the 2013 elections against Rafael Correa and in 2017 against current president Lenin Moreno, chosen by Correa as his successor.

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