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Bolivia: Evo Morales must be in the run-off for the first time


The Bolivian leader seems to miss the presidential election, according to initial results, apparently the absolute majority. The left politician has governed for 13 years.

In Bolivia, presidential elections will see a run-off vote between left-leaning President Evo Morales and moderately conservative candidate Carlos Mesa. Morales led after a quick count of 84 percent of the vote with 45.3 percent against 38.2 percent for Mesa, as the election commission announced.

Victory in the first round of the poll requires either an absolute majority of votes or at least 40 percent, ten percentage points ahead of the next rival. So far, Morales had won all presidential elections in the first round. The first indigenous leader of the South American country has governed for 13 years.

Bolivia's constitution actually forbids a fourth candidacy. Morales had lost a referendum on a constitutional amendment in February 2016, but the Supreme Electoral Council approved his candidacy in December 2018. A possible date for a runoff election would be the 15th of December.

Source: zeit

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