Lenin Moreno was declared the winner of Ecuador’s April 2 presidential election, becoming the first person with paraplegia to be elected as a head of state in Latin America. Moreno, who served as vice-president of Ecuador under Raphael Correa from 2007-2013, narrowly defeated banker Guillermo Lasso to become president-elect of the South American country.

Moreno was the candidate for the ruling, populist party, and campaigned on the promise to continue the social and poverty-reduction programs of Correa’s “Citizen’s Revolution.” The victory comes as something of a surprise in South America, where leftist leaders across the continent have been swept from power in recent years.</