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Ecuador: Democratic Left Candidate Moncayo Will Support Lasso to End Correismo

By: Karina Martín - Mar 8, 2017, 12:14 pm
Former presidential candidate Paco Moncayo has given a big boost to Guillermo Lasso (
Former presidential candidate Paco Moncayo has given a big boost to Guillermo Lasso (El Orito).

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The presidential candidate for the Democratic Left, former Quito mayor Paco Moncayo, announced that he will give his vote to the opposition candidate, Guillermo Lasso.

“The Sandinista-Chavista-Correista movement does not want to give up power, Alianza Pais wants to stay in power forever,” commented the ex-candidate for the National Agreement for Change.

And he added that their “fraud is not only with regard to counting votes, all of the actions of correismo are fraudulent.”

Moncayo explained that in his opinion Lasso is the “lesser evil” and that he is the necessary candidate in order to restore democracy in Ecuador.

The ex-candidate added: “I will not campaign for Lasso, but I will defend democracy, liberties, the Ecuadorean people, and its armed forces, which have been so battered.”

Guillermo Lasso, for his part, immediately thanked Moncayo for his support.

Moncayo’s announcement was made less than twenty-four hours after President Rafael Correa fired the Army Commander, General Luis Castro Ayala, who had warned of security breaches with regard to the chain of custody of voting materials during the first round elections on February 19.

According to Castro Ayala, the army did not maintain the chain of custody of the ballot boxes after the electoral process. The chain of custody should always include the presence of the armed forces as a guarantee to safeguard the will of the people.

Former Guayas governor Guillermo Lasso and former Vice President Lenin Moreno are locked in a hotly contested second round election after neither candidate won in the first round election. Ecuadorians will head to the polls on April 2, to choose between the candidates of Movimiento CREO, and Alianza Pais, respectively.

Moncayo’s announcement is of particular significance because he originally pledged that he would support neither candidate. The support of the Democratic Left standard-bearer may change the dynamics of the race, and is a positive sign for Lasso, who most analysts say has a slight edge heading into next month’s election.

Moreno leads in a poll conducted by the Centro de Investigacion Social, while Lasso leads in a poll by the Cedatos firm.

Sources: La Republica, El Diario, El Universo

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Bolivian President Has “Benign Tumor” in Throat according to Health Minister

By: Karina Martín - Mar 8, 2017, 11:06 am
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EspañolPresident Evo Morales has a tumor in his throat that must be operated on in surgery by a doctor in Cuba, Bolivian Minister of Health Ariana Campero said. Morales has a "very small, benign tumor" that has made his voice sound rough in recent weeks, Campero said. "A nodule of one to two millimeters in size has been found in the vocal cords, in the larynx, which will require him to undergo an operation in April," he said. "The information provided by doctors is that it is a benign nodule." Campero explained the Morales did not have immediate surgery, as he was undergoing a different medical treatment that had to be completed. The medication will last about a month to first heal his sinusitis, as well as his viral infection, and then he can undergo surgery. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Campero asked that people not to make speculations about the president's health, assuring everyone that the president "is in very good spirits" and is complying with the doctor's orders to heal properly. According to Morales himself, the operation will not last more than 15 minutes. Read More: Ecuador Elections: Outsider Lasso Poised to Defeat Leftist President Correa’s Candidate Read More: Stability, not Socialism, Made Rafael Correa a Popular Leader "The doctors found a small nodule in his vocal cords that they could have removed now, but since I am on medication, it will be take place in about a month," the president told local press. Morales, who said he was "very disciplined" in listening to what doctors say, stated that he has "rested a lot" because he believes that only "strength can get him out of this." Source: Cubanet.

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