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President-elect Lasso pledges 'true change' to Ecuador

Quito - President-elect Guillermo Lasso on Monday announced a "true change" in crisis-wracked Ecuador after bringing to an end an era of left-wing election victories.

The Catholic conservative pledging to change Ecuador's destiny

Quito - A former banker and Opus Dei devotee -- but above all an enemy of ex-president Rafael Correa -- Guillermo Lasso has returned the conservative right to power in Ecuador, winning Sunday's presidential election after two defeats that failed to discourage ...

Lasso wins Ecuador presidency as Arauz concedes

Quito - Former banker Guillermo Lasso won Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday after his socialist opponent Andres Arauz conceded.Conservative Lasso declared himself president-elect and accepted the "challenge" of changing Ecuador's "destiny.

Ex-president casts shadow over tight Ecuador election

Quito - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa is not on the ballot in his country's close presidential runoff on Sunday, yet remains a key figure in the election despite living in exile in Belgium.

Arauz planning to change Ecuador agreements if elected

Quito - Leftist presidential candidate Andres Arauz has big plans to change Ecuador's course if elected on Sunday, when he faces right-wing contender Guillermo Lasso in a runoff.Arauz, 36, wants to renegotiate a $6.

Right-wing candidate Lasso aiming for Ecuador political unity

Cajabamba - Sitting outside the oldest Catholic church in Ecuador, right-wing presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says he's ready to work with anyone, including political rivals, to govern the country if elected in Sunday's second-round runoff.

Environmentalists dismayed by Ecuador presidential candidates

Quito - Environmental activists will feel stuck between a rock and hard place on Sunday when forced to choose a new president.

Ecuador policeman held over 185 baby tortoises in suitcase

Quito - An Ecuadorian policeman has been arrested after airport officials in the Galapagos Islands discovered 185 baby giant tortoises stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked, prosecutors said Monday.

Ecuador health ministry raided over vaccine scandal

Quito - Ecuador investigators raided the health ministry on Wednesday as part of a probe into influence peddling against former health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos.

Ecuador's interior minister quits after prison riots

Quito - Ecuador's interior minister resigned Friday in the wake of simultaneous riots in four prisons that left 79 people dead.

Five guards freed after new Ecuador prison riot controlled

Quito - Five prison guards held after a new riot broke out in an Ecuadorian prison were released Monday after the unrest was controlled without fatalities, a week after 79 inmates died in bloody gang warfare, the police said.

Toll climbs in Ecuador prison riot 'massacre'

Cuenca - The body count from simultaneous riots at four prisons in Ecuador rose to 79 Wednesday as family members arrived to claim the remains of loved ones killed in hours of full-out gang warfare that left inmates decapitated and burnt.

Ecuador prison riot toll rises to 79

Guayaquil - At least 79 inmates died in simultaneous riots blamed on gang warfare at four prisons in Ecuador, officials said Wednesday.

At least 75 inmates dead in Ecuador prison riots

Guayaquil - At least 75 inmates died Tuesday and several were injured in riots blamed on gang rivalry at three jails in Ecuador's overcrowded prison system, authorities said.

At least 50 inmates dead in Ecuador prison riots

Quito - At least 50 inmates died Tuesday and several were injured in riots at three jails in Ecuador, where rival gangs frequently clash in overcrowded prisons.

Leftist Arauz, conservative Lasso advance to Ecuador presidential run-off

Quito - Leftist economist Andres Arauz will face conservative Guillermo Lasso in the upcoming second round of Ecuador's presidential election, officials said Sunday, in a vote marred by fraud allegations and taking place amid a worsening economic crisis.

Ecuador suspends recount in presidential election

Quito - Ecuador's National Electoral Council has suspended the recount in the first round of the presidential election requested by left-wing indigenous candidate Yaku Perez, who has alleged fraud denied him a place in the run-off.

OAS urges 'transparency' as Ecuador conducts election recount

Quito - The Organization of American States on Monday expressed concern about Ecuador's recent presidential vote, urging the country's top electoral body to ensure transparency as it conducts a partial recount of the disputed poll.

Ecuador to conduct partial election recount

Quito - Ecuador's top electoral body announced on Friday it would conduct a partial recount of Sunday's presidential vote following a request from the two candidates battling for second place.

Ecuador president urges officials to give accurate vote count quickly

Quito - Ecuador's outgoing President Lenin Moreno called on the National Electoral Council (CNE) Wednesday to deliver accurate election results quickly, as doubt remains days after the vote over who will join Andres Arauz in an April presidential run-off.
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