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Ecuador presidential hopeful pledges to evict Julian Assange from London embassy

• http://www.telegraph.co.uk

After more than four years sheltering sheltering inside Ecuador's embassy in London, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could have limited time left. 

Ecuadorian presidential candidate, Guillermo Lasso, of the right wing Creo-Suma alliance has said in an interview with The Guardian that if he won the election, he would "cordially ask Señor Assange to leave within 30 days of assuming a mandate."

He added that "the Ecuadorian people have been paying a cost that we should not have to bear."

Guillaume Long, Ecuador's foreign minister, appeared to be in agreement, stating that  "our staff have been through a lot. There is a human cost."

He went on to compare the situation at the embassy to "something out of a John le Carré novel".

However, it appears unlikely that Lasso will have the opportunity to fulfill his pledge, as he is trailing seven points behind Lenín Moreno, the ruling Country Alliance party's candidate. 

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