Socialist Lenin Moreno sworn in as President of Ecuador

May 25, 2017 09:59 IST

Lenin Moreno sworn in as Ecuador presidentLenin Moreno was on 24 May 2017 sworn in as the President of Ecuador following a tight electoral race in Ecuador's Presidential Elections 2017. On the other hand, Engineer Jorge Glas will continue to serve as the Vice President of Ecuador.

Hailing from Ecuador's Socialist Party, Moreno won 51.16 per cent of the votes. While, Conservative Guillermo Lasso fetched 48.8 per cent of the ballots.

With this, Moreno, a renowned disability rights activist, became the first disabled individual to take office as President of Ecuador. He became paraplegic after being shot in the back during a robbery in 1998.

Earlier, Moreno had served as the UN Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

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Moreno's victory in the Ecuador's Presidential Elections 2017 came following the promises made by him of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa

Correa's social plans were that of free education, health and housing for lower-income families, and subsidies to eradicate extreme poverty. Moreno himself once served as the Vice President under Correa.

As a President, Moreno is also expected to face the challenging panorama of a uncertain dollarized economy with a heavy debt burden and low oil prices during his four years term.

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