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Lenin Moreno sworn in as Ecuador president

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Lenin Moreno was sworn in as Ecuador's president on Wednesday following a tight electoral race that the former vice president won on promises of maintaining the social programs of his leftist predecessor, Rafael Correa.

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The 64-year-old socialist won a runoff last month in the oil-exporting country, bucking a shift to the right in South America as leftist governments struggle to maintain support.

He has promised a more conciliatory style and open dialogue with adversaries and foreign companies, in contrast to Correa's often combative manner.

"I am the president for all of you. I owe you all a great debt and respect you all," Moreno said after a ceremony at the country's National Assembly.

Engineer Jorge Glas, a childhood friend of Correa, continues as vice president.

Hours after the ceremony, Correa, who served as president for 10 years, was taken to a hospital. An aide said Correa had pneumonia.

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