It’s a close one. With almost all of the votes counted, former Vice President Lenin Moreno has 51 percent of Ecuador’s vote, but conservative Guillermo Lasso says he wants a recount. Conflicting exit polls had at one point left both candidates claiming victory.
If the wheelchair-bound Moreno, a former U.N. envoy on disability, holds his lead, the election will buck the trend of right-wing victories that haveswept through Latin America. It will also be a relief for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose asylum status was at risk.