- Title: Ecuador swears in socialist Lenin Moreno as president
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT, EVO MORALES, GREETING CUBAN VICE PRESIDENT MIGUEL DIAZ-CANEL, GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT JIMMY MORALES AND OTHER HEADS OF STATE GENERAL VIEW OF EVENT CORREA AND MORENO TALKING DURING SWEARING IN CEREMONY MORENO BEING SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT OF ECUADOR BY PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JOSE SERRANO VARIOUS OF ATTENDEES CLAPPING / PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT CLAPPING DIAZ-CANEL, MORALES AND OTHER HEADS OF STATE CLAPPING CORREA PLACING PRESIDENTIAL SASH ON MORENO (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ECUADOR PRESIDENT, LENIN MORENO, SAYING: "It's been 10 years of witnessing the construction of roads, bridges, ports and airports. Multi-purpose projects. Ten years of the recovery of the self-esteem, the pride and the sense of belonging of the Ecuadorians. And much, much more. This process has a whole people and a name: Citizen Revolution. The people make history but leaders accelerate processes. This revolution has a leader: Rafael Correa Delgado." CORREA SMILES AND GETS UP TO SHAKE HANDS WITH MORENO CORREA HOLDING LENIN'S HAND UP CORREA WAVES AT ATTENDEES VARIOUS OF CORREA GREETING ATTENDEES
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 19:58
- Keywords: presidential inauguration swearing in inauguration Lenin Moreno
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0036I79JYB
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- Story Text: Lenin Moreno was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Wednesday (May 24) following a tight race that the disabled former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.
The 64-year-old Moreno, a socialist, last month won a runoff vote in the oil-exporting country, bucking a shift to the right in South America as leftist governments struggle to maintain support.
Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, called for a recount after losing the runoff election. The electoral council upheld Moreno's 2.3 percent margin of victory.
Moreno, one of the world's few paraplegic heads of state, has said he will continue anti-poverty programs. But he has promised a more conciliatory style and more open dialogue with adversaries in contrast to Correa's often combative manner.
During his four-year term, Moreno faces a challenging panorama of a faltering dollarized economy with a heavy debt burden and low oil prices.
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