- Title: Supporters celebrate Ecuador's new Socialist President Lenin Moreno
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MORENO SIGNING FIRST DECREES AS PRESIDENT INTERIOR MINISTER, CESAR NAVAS (LEFT), FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER, FERNANDA ESPINOSA (CENTRE), DEFENCE MINISTER, MIGUEL CARVAJAL (RIGHT), APPLAUDING NEW PRESIDENT ON BALCONY OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE MINISTERS WAVING FROM BALCONY MORENO WITH HIS NEW MINISTERS ON BALCONY VARIOUS OF ECUADOREAN VICE PRESIDENT JORGE GLASS (RIGHT) WITH CUBAN VICE PRESIDENT MIGUEL DIAZ-CANAL (LEFT) ON BALCONY OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE MINISTERS GREETING EACH OTHER MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ECUADOREAN PRESIDENT, LENIN MORENO, SAYING: "A brotherly hug, affection to our brother Rafael Correa, who today, despite having pneumonia... yes, when he left the Legislative Palace he went to hospital. But he is okay. Luckily he is a healthy monkey. He's strong and he will be able to endure this and much more."
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- Keywords: celebrate supporters new President Lenin Moreno Ecuador
- Location: QUITO, ECUADOR
- City: QUITO, ECUADOR
- Country: Ecuador
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026IC52KJ
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- Story Text: Celebrations in Quito on Wednesday (May 24) as supporters of Ecuador's new Socialist president Lenin Moreno cheered on their new leader.
The 64-year-old Moreno clinched elections earlier this year on a platform to maintain the social programmes of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa.
Correa was on hand for the handing-over ceremony for Moreno but was later admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
Moreno praised Correa's strength for soldiering on through the inauguration despite his illness.
Moreno, one of the world's few paraplegic heads of state, has said he will continue anti-poverty programmes. 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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