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Guillermo Lasso: Conservative ex-banker elected Ecuador president

A conservative former banker, Guillermo Lasso, has won Ecuador's presidential election following a run-off vote.

His opponent, the left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, conceded defeat hours after polls closed on Sunday.

  • BBC

With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Lasso had won 52.4% of the vote compared to Mr Arauz’s 47.6%.

Mr Lasso, a 65-year-old three-time presidential candidate, told supporters he accepted the “challenge of changing our country’s destiny”.

“It’s a day on which all Ecuadoreans have decided their future,” he said.

“They have used their vote to express the need for change and…

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