February 20, 2017 / 12:45 AM / 5 months ago

Ecuador leftist has 37.85 pct of votes -preliminary results

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QUITO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Ruling party leftist Lenin Moreno received some 37.85 percent of votes in Ecuador's presidential election, versus around 30.81 percent for conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, an official count of 20.9 percent of ballots showed on Sunday.

Moreno, a disabled former vice president, needs 40 percent of valid votes and a 10 percentage point difference with his nearest rival to avoid a second round on April 2 and continue a decade of left-wing rule in the Andean country.

Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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