- Title: Correa ally registers as ruling party presidential candidate
- Date: 17th November 2016
- Summary: ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF CORREA RAISING THE HANDS OF MORENO AND RUNNING MATE JORGE GLAS
- Embargoed: 2nd December 2016 00:46
- Keywords: Rafael Corra presidential election Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00258P3ADF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ecuador's ruling party Alianza Pais registered a new candidate for a presidential run on Wednesday (November 16) to the cheers of hundreds of supporters.
Sixty-three year-old Lenin Moreno was tapped as the party's candidate in October for an election to be held in February.
Lenin Moreno, 63, was Rafael Correa's vice president from 2007 to 2013 and is currently a United Nations special envoy on disability and accessibility.
Moreno will campaign with current Vice President Jorge Glas as his running mate.
"Today, with great pleasure, with great faith, with great trust, I pass the baton to cleaner hands, more transparent hands, more patriotic hands. Today it falls to Lenin and Jorge to continue this historic process," said current president Rafael Correa during the registration ceremony.
"We are going to continue with the great work of the citizens' revolution. To continue along the path to rectify what needs to be rectified, to improve what needs improvement. Everything can be perfected, everything can be done better, everything can be said in a better way," said Moreno.
Correa's term ends in May 2017 after a decade of popular governance that has given the oil-rich country a socialist tinge. Moreno will likely compete against several opposition candidates, as the bloc is divided and weak.
Moreno, who is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, pledged to continue Correa's policies and said he would work hard for the values and rights of vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities and the elderly.
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