Conservative banker Lasso wins presidential run-off in Ecuador
Conservative banker Guillermo Lasso has won Ecuador's presidential run-off vote. The 65-year-old got to 52.52 per cent of the vote with almost all votes counted, while left-wing candidate Andres Arauz received 47.48 per cent of the vote, the electoral office announced late Sunday. The two candidates are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. Arauz is seen as the protege of former president Rafael Correa and a win would have likely seen him continue Correa's policy of "21st century socialism," increase subsidies and oppose the austerity programme demanded by the International Monetary Fund...
Ecuador leader's plane makes emergency landing in US
Quito (AFP) - A plane carrying Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday in Washington at the end of an official visit, the country's communications ministry announced. Moreno and several members of his government traveling with him were "all fine," the announcement said. "The president's plane suffered a mechanical failure a few minutes after takeoff from Washington DC and had to make an emergency landing," the ministry said. "Moreno and all occupants of the plane are fine and will return to Ecuador in the coming hours," it added. The statement provide...