As unsuccessful former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso becomes increasingly isolated in his refusal to accept the results of Ecuador's election, the United States on Thrusday joined the long list of countries that has congratulated President-elect Lenin Moreno on his recent win.
"I can not accept these results because they do not reflect the will of the people", Lasso, a former banker, said.
Ecuadorian ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno (C) and his wife Rocio Gonzalez attend the change of guard ceremony in Quito, Ecuador, on April 3, 2017.
But Lasso alleged fraud and said he would contest the result.
Supporters of Ecuadorean opposition leader Guillermo Lasso gathered in the streets for a second night Monday to protest what they consider fraud at the ballot box that tilted a presidential runoff in favour of his leftist rival.
Moreno garnered 51.16 percent of the votes, compared with Lasso's 48.84 percent, with over 99.65 percent of votes counted, the council said.
Pozo said the electoral council "totally guarantees the right of both political sides to present objections, challenges and appeals through legal institutional channels" by an April 12 deadline before the result is officially promulgated.
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On election night, thousands of outraged Lasso supporters shouting "fraud" crashed through metal barricades to nearly reach the entrance of the council's headquarters.
The Organization of American States said its 400 observers did not see a single incident of fraud and very few irregularities and as far as they were concerned, the process was transparent and clean.
Fulfilling a new commitment - enshrined in Ecuador's 2008 constitution - to prohibit foreign military bases in the country, in 2009 Correa ordered the withdrawal of USA troops from the Manta military base, established in 1978, after its most recent 10-year lease expired.
The second round of Ecuador's presidential elections was held on Sunday.
"I'm going to be the president of everyone but fundamentally those who are poorest", said Moreno.
Moreno, 64, also benefited from last-minute doubts that the pro-business Lasso if elected would gut social programmes that have endeared poor voters to Correa's "Citizens' Revolution".