Ecuador swears in Lenin Moreno as new President

QUITO – Lenin Moreno has sworn in as the new president of Ecuador in a solemn ceremony held in the National Assembly, before some Latin American presidents and guests.

Moreno, a candidate for the ruling Alianza País, won the presidential seat with 51.16 percent of the vote in the second round of voting on April 2, defeating right wing businessman Guillermo Lasso, of the conservative coalition CREO-SUMA.

Ecuador’s 44th president received the band from former President Rafael Correa, after Moreno was swore in by the head of the National Assembly (AN), José Serrano.

“Thank you very much for joining us today in a day in which the past, the present and the future that we are building for 10 years are united,” said Moreno at his inauguration.

The official farewell of President Rafael Correa also took place. The president that led for 10 years the Citizens’ Revolution left the parliamentary building amid cheers and hugs of deputies, friends and guests.

The ceremony was attended by numerous heads of state, high government officials and guests such as Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Mauricio Macri (Argentina), Horacio Cartes (Paraguay), Willy Flores (Guatemala) and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez (Cuba), among other statesmen.