#Ecuador: Ruling Alianza Pais Candidate Favors Presidential Debate

Quito,  The candidate for Ecuador”s ruling ”Alianza País” movement, Lenin Moreno, has agreed to participate in a Presidential Debate proposed by the Teachers” Network.

‘I have received with great pleasure the invitation of the Teachers’ Network to enter a Presidential Debate between the two candidates. We are ready!’, the former Vice President wrote in his Twitter account.

The proposal includes a meeting between the two candidates, Moreno and ex banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for coalition ‘Compromiso Ecuador’, commonly called ‘Creo’, who are running for the presidential ballotage on April 2.

The Teachers’ Network proposed the debate on March 28 in which the contenders should present their government programs to fulfill their electoral promises to the Ecuadorian people. Education will be one of the central themes of the exchange.

Prior to the first round of general elections, held on February 19, a Presidential Debate was held in Guayaquil between the seven opposition candidates to the Carondelet Palace, in which the representative of the ruling party did not participate for considering it a confrontation.

On April 2, some 12 million 800.000 voters are called to the polls to elect the successor of outgoing President Rafael Correa. Moreno won that ballot but did not obtain the minimum 40% required by law to win, despite having a margin of more than 10% percent over Lasso, the runner-up among the other seven candidates.

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