Lenin Moreno, Elected at the Polls and Ratified after Vote Recounting
Por Sinay Céspedes Moreno*
Quito (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno, from the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement, is the president-elect of Ecuador after winning the majority of votes, and after more than 300,000 ballots were recounted.
The second round of elections on April 2 certified the victory of the former vice president, who won 51.15 percent of votes, while his rival, the ex-banker and leader of the CREO-SUMA coalition, Guillermo Lasso, got 48.85 percent.
As in the first round, Moreno won again in the controversial elections, due to the right wing's decision not to recognize the results and to all plots to delegitimize the government and to discredit the electoral power. The opposition did everything to try to prevent the continuity of the Citizen's Revolution, represented by Lenin and his running mate, the incumbent vice president, who will remain in the post during the 2017-2021 term.
The most ideologized elections in Ecuador's history, as outgoing President Rafael Correa described the voting process throughout the country, mainly from February to the recounting of votes.
According to official statistics from the National Electoral Council (CNE), Moreno won 5,060,424 votes, while Lasso, whom many link to the disastrous era of the banking holidays in 1999, got 4,833,828 votes.
THE VICTORY OF ALIANZA PAIS
A program based on the Lifelong Plan, which consists of five axes to grant bonds and houses to all sectors of society, was the proposal presented by the winning candidates, who plan to better foster welfare for all Ecuadoreans, especially the dispossessed, on the basis of the achievements made over the past ten years.
The objective is very clear: 'to lead a responsible government that is concerned about citizens during their entire life, from birth to old age.'
With that weapon and the Manuela Espejo Mission, to identify, assist and follow up on people with disabilities, who abandoned exclusion, Lenin Moreno won a difference of 226,596 votes over Lasso.
What is the key to success? Being consistent with the program, which was well conceived and well founded, and having the support of several social organizations that represent women, students, youths, entrepreneurs, farmers and the indigenous people nationwide.
Dismantling the farce created by the opposition to discredit the leaders of Alianza PAIS was another factor that contributed to Moreno's victory, although it cast doubts among some people in the beginning.
THE OPPOSITION CANNOT DO MATH, NOT EVEN AFTER VOTE RECOUNTING
Since January, when the election campaign started before the first round, the Ecuadorean opposition, represented at the time by seven parties, made efforts to criticize the government instead of presenting and substantiating its plans.
Its lack of concrete proposals to improve citizens' life led to its double defeat at the polls in the first and the second rounds.
Its efforts to sow the theory of fraud were fruitless, as well as its requests to review the protocols, allegedly due to irregularities that affected the ex-banker's votes.
All efforts led to the revalidation of its failure and the legitimation of the winner, who accumulated more points instead of losing them, as the right wing expected, when they resorted to the recourse of objection established in the electoral rules.
PREVENTING THE CONTINUITY OF THE CITIZEN'S REVOLUTION, THE RIGHT WING'S OBJECTIVE
According to President Rafael Correa, the main issue for the right wing is not whether or not they won the elections, as it knows and is corroborating that they lost fairly.
'It is about preventing, by hook or by crook, the continuity of the Citizen's Revolution,' the president told reporters recently in Manabi, the epicenter of the earthquake on April 16, 2016, and a region that has been severely affected by recent winter rains.
The continuity of the government of Alianza PAIS is not only significant for Ecuador, but for Latin America, where the right wing has succeeded in regaining ground and, in that regard, the failure of the neoliberal option in this South American country ended that trend and guaranteed the continuity of progressivism in the region.
THE CHALLENGES OF LENIN MORENO, THE PRESIDENT OF ALL ECUADOREANS
On May 24, Lenin Moreno will become the 44th president of the Republic of Ecuador.
The challenges of the new government include promoting investment and maintaining the course of the already-stabilized economy and growth, after a recession caused by the fall in oil prices, the appreciation of the U.S. dollar and natural factors such as last year's earthquake, which cause damage worth more than 3.3 billion dollars.
Fighting corruption, fostering social security projects, generating more jobs and advancing in the revolutions in public health and education, which are already underway and are bearing fruit; consolidating relations with the rest of the world and continuing to support Latin American integration are other major objectives.
In general, the main objective is to work for the harmony of all Ecuadoreans, whether or not they support the ruling party, in order to improve the country.
* Prensa Latina Correspondent in Ecuador.
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