Mindo Ecuador – A very quiet evening suddenly erupted into a music-filled street fiesta, and the now-familiar Green Party’s music announced the answer to the question of the year, “Moreno or Lasso for President?” I heard a young child chanting, ‘4 years more! 4 years more!’ in Spanish, which confirmed, Moreno had been declared the winner.
“…With 94,18% of the ballots officially counted, Lenin has a lead of 51,07% against 48,93% of banker Guillermo Lasso, of the coalition CREO-SUMA. On what analysts consider an irreversible trend, the PAIS candidate has so far 4,823,513 votes, a lead of 201,859 over the neoliberal politician.
After the first results were released, Lenin Moreno came out to thank his voters. ‘I thank the millions of Ecuadorian who supported us. Democracy won today; Ecuador won today’, he told a large joyous rally….” Prensa Latina
The exit polls were equally close, with one showing Lasso winning with 53 percent of the votes and another showing Moreno winning 52 percent. With the official results naming Moreno the winner, one can expect Lasso’s supporters to voice their concerns. If there are protests, hopefully they will be peaceful ones.
The following photos are from January 30, 2017 when the Alianza PAIS “Green Party” #35 rolled into Mindo. Lenin Moreno wasn’t present, but there were many opportunities to photograph Jorge Glass and the sea of green. Continue reading