Latin America & Caribbean

President Lenin Moreno takes office in Ecuador

Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno waves during his inauguration ceremony in Quito, 24 May 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Lenin Moreno: "I am a president for all"

Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno has taken office, pledging to continue the left-wing policies of his predecessor Rafael Correa.

In his inaugural speech, he promised more subsidies for the poor and a major social house-building programme which would create millions of jobs.

But he also said he would streamline government administration costs.

Mr Moreno won April's closely contested presidential election, beating his conservative rival Guillermo Lasso.

"I am a president for all. I owe this to everyone. I respect everyone," President Moreno aid on Wednesday in the capital, Quito.

"I will work for absolutely no-one to be left behind."

Correspondents say Mr Moreno faces a tough job, as oil-rich Ecuador has suffered from the fall in global prices, and the country has mounting debts.

Who is Lenin Moreno?

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  • 64 years old, left-wing, former vice-president
  • Close ally of outgoing President Rafael Correa
  • Became paraplegic after being shot in the back after being robbed in 1998
  • Wants to increase employment opportunities and give all Ecuadoreans the chance to go on to higher education
  • Has written books with titles such as "Being Happy is Easy and Fun"

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