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    Heads of state from several Latin American countries travel to Quito to participate in the swearing in of the leftist leader.
    Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa handed the presidential sash Wednesday to the South American country’s new President Lenin Moreno, who is set to continue a decade of social and economic gains known as the Citizens’ Revolution.

    In the National Assembly in the capital city of Quito, against a backdrop of a striking mural painted by Ecuadorean artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, an emotional Correa placed the presidential sash over the shoulder of his former Vice President Moreno as the enthusiastic crowd burst into chants of “Lenin! Lenin!”

    “A phase has ended … and a new one begins,” said Moreno in his first address after being sworn in as president, noting that the country has seen 10 years of reclaiming sovereignty and pride as a nation. “No one doubts we have created a different Ecuador and that there is still much to do.”

    “I am the president for all,” he continued. “I will work so that no one, abosultely no one, is left behind … The future is now.”

    Moreno’s vice president, Jorge Glas, who also served as vice president under Correa, was also inaugurated, minutes after the president.


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