April 19, 2017 / 10:45 AM / 6 months ago

Ecuador vote recount confirms Moreno as election winner

Ecuadorean leftist Lenin Moreno celebrates after the country's electoral council said he won Sunday's presidential election, at his party headquarters in Quito, Ecuador April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

QUITO (Reuters) - A recount of more than 1.2 million votes in Ecuador late Tuesday confirmed leftist candidate Lenin Moreno the winner of presidential elections, the country’s electoral council said.

In the recount, Moreno, 64, obtained 51.16 percent of valid votes with Lasso at 48.84 percent - 1,594 votes more for Moreno than in the original April 2 count.

Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito.; Writing by Girish Gupta in Caracas; editing by John Stonestreet

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