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Opposition alleges fraud in Ecuador presidential vote

Right-wing opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso alleged fraud in Ecuador's

presidential runoff election and said he would contest the result after a partial count showed him losing. Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno had claimed victory in Sunday's vote, bucking a shift to the right across South America as Lasso's supporters took to the streets in protest. "They've toyed with popular will, we are going to defend the will of the Ecuadoran people in the face of an attempted fraud that aims to install what would be an illegitimate government," Lasso said. A Moreno victory would come as a relief for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after Lasso vowed to remove him from the Ecuadorean embassy in London if he won the runoff. Moreno, a paraplegic former vice-president, had secured 51.07 percent of the votes compared to Lasso's 48.93 percent, with just over 94 percent of votes counted, according to the electoral council. It has not yet declared a winner. Right-leaning governments have come to power in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru recently as a commodities boom ended, economies flagged and corruption scandals grew.