Polarised Ecuador puts president-elect’s big promises to the test

The Guardian UKAs he prepares to become the world’s only wheelchair-using head of state, Ecuador’s Lenín Moreno is promising to triple poverty relief, crack down on corruption and ease up on the media.

The ambitious policies and affable tone of the new president-elect are designed to shake off accusations that will be in the shadow of his predecessor Rafael Correa, who dominated this South American country’s politics for the past decade.

“I will make the decisions in the next government. I will bring to bear my own style,” Moreno – who was Correa’s vice-president between 2007 and 2013 – told foreign journalists in Quito on Wednesday.

But his ability to realise his goals is likely to be limited by financial constraints and political tensions that were heightened by last Sunday’s bitterly contested election. …

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