Posted On 07 Apr 2017
“I will extend the hand” to the presidential hopeful of the political opposition, Guillermo Lasso, of the CREO party,” said President-elect Lenin Moreno, when announcing that he “respects” the request for the recount of the votes of the runoff.
Amid Lasso’s request and of his party so that the National Electoral Council (CNE) re-examines the votes of the runoff, Moreno took on presidential commitments on Thursday along with the diplomatic corps accredited in Ecuador.
The meeting was held at the Hotel Quito for one hour, with the presence of about 60 delegates, several ambassadors, consuls and directors of foreign non-governmental organizations, with whom he committed to “relieve and refresh relations.”
When responding to the congratulations of the Venezuelan ambassador in Ecuador, Carol Delgado, Moreno clarified that a challenge to the process had been filed.
“… And I want to show you that I respect this challenge and I was in favor that our party (Alianza PAIS) adheres to that demand to guarantee the transparency in the electoral process. And I understand that the CNE will proceed immediately,” Moreno said.
He emphasized that “to verify the electoral triumph without any blemish (deception), I will continue to perform these functions prior to my role as president, otherwise, I will extend the hand to the candidate, I will congratulate him and wish him success.”
Minutes earlier, he said that the CNE is a “strengthened” institution that had “declared him president” with a difference of 230,000 votes more than Guillermo Lasso, “something that guarantees the continuity of our process.”