Moreno, Lasso begin government transition in Ecuador

Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso and his wife Maria de Lourdes Alcivar react after Lasso wins the presidential runoff vote, in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno received president-elect and former banker Guillermo Lasso at the presidential palace in Quito on Monday to officially start the government transition process, with just over a month to go before the end of the current administration.

Moreno, who will leave office on May 24, received Lasso and vice president-elect Alfredo Borrero and their wives in their first official meeting.

It came a day after the National Electoral Council declared Lasso, a center-right candidate, the winner of the second round of the presidential election held on April 11.

Lasso, who will govern for four years, won with 52.36 percent of the votes (4,656,426) against leftist Andres Arauz, who obtained 47.64 percent of the votes (4,236,515).

During the meeting, Moreno said that the technical teams of the outgoing and incoming governments, designated to carry out the transition process, will meet as many times as necessary to transfer information in a “timely, transparent, truthful and technical manner.”

Meanwhile, Lasso said his priority will be vaccinating the population against COVID-19, something he promised during his campaign, saying that in his first 100 days in office, he would advance the immunization of 9 million people in the country.

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