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Ecuador's Lasso advances to presidential runoff, will face Arauz

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QUITO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Ecuador's national electoralcouncil (CNE) said on Sunday that pro-market conservative bankerGuillermo Lasso obtained 19.74% of the vote in presidentialelections on Feb. 7 and will advance to a runoff against leftisteconomist Andres Arauz on April 11.

Arauz, an ally of former President Rafael Correa, won themost votes in the first round with 32.72%, shy of the marginrequired to win outright. Indigenous environmentalist candidateYaku Perez came in third with 19.39% of the vote, 32,600 votesfewer than Lasso, the CNE said.

Before the results were declared, the council denied Perez'request for a recount in 17 of the Andean country's 24 provinceson grounds of alleged fraud and manipulation of vote count data.The CNE said Perez had not presented enough proof to back up theclaims.

Perez has since last week been marching with hundreds ofindigenous Ecuadoreans through the country's central highlandstoward the capital Quito to demand a recount. Other civilsociety groups have announced plans to demonstrate in favor ofPerez next week.(Reporting by Alexandra ValenciaWriting by Luc CohenEditing by Raissa Kasolowsky)