Ecuador orders partial recount of election votes

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Lenin Moreno 4th April 2017Image source, EPA
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Socialist Lenin Moreno is due to take over from incumbent President Rafael Correa on 24 May

The electoral authorities in Ecuador have ordered a partial recount of the votes cast in the presidential election earlier this month.

Officials said almost 1.3 million votes would be recounted after allegations of fraud by the losing candidate - former banker Guillermo Lasso.

Mr Lasso has refused to accept anything less than a full recount.

His rival, the Socialist candidate, Lenin Moreno, won the second round with a slim majority of 51.15%.

He is set to replace his fellow socialist, President Rafael Correa, at the end of May.

The recount of the equivalent of 1.2 million votes, which would account for 12% of the total votes cast, will take place on Tuesday in public in the capital Quito.

The council has not disclosed what sort of ballots would be recounted.