Leftist Lenin Moreno claims victory in Ecuador's presidential election, bucking a regional rightwards shift. If confirmed, the win will also be a relief to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, since the rightist challenger had vowed to evict him from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Lucy Fielder reports.
Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno claiming victory late Sunday (April 2) in Ecuador's presidential election, bucking a shift to the right across South America. Supporters of his conservative challenger taking to the streets in protest as Guillermo Lasso demanded a recount, alleging electoral fraud. A Moreno victory would be a relief for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Lasso had vowed to evict him from his refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London if he won. It would also give succour to leftist movements across the region after recent right-wing victories in Argentina, Brazil and Peru. Moreno securing a tight lead of 51 percent to Lasso's nearly 49, the electoral council declared. But it hasn't yet declared a winner.