Ecuador’s national electoral council gave 39.09% to Moreno, and 28.28% to Lasso.
To avoid going to a second round the leading candidate needs 40% and a 10-point lead over his nearest rival, which is not likely going to happen.
Moreno, former vice-president, represents the continuity of the nation’s leftwing government, with its focus on poverty reduction, disability rights and closer Latin American integration. But supporters say he represents a change of style, being more of a listener and less confrontational towards the media compared to his predecessor, Correa.
Lasso, a former banker, has vowed to cut taxes, boost employment, trim government spending and evict the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Original article published in The Guardian