Bolivia’s Morales claims election victory, blasts opposition ‘coup’

Published October 23, 2019, 8:02 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

LA PAZ – Bolivian leader Evo Morales repeated his claim that he had won victory in a presidential election and railed against the opposition for trying to orchestrate a “coup” after mass protests claiming the vote was being rigged.

Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party is greeted by supporters as he arrives to vote during the presidential election at a polling station in a school in Villa 14 de Septiembre, in the Chapare region, Bolivia, October 20, 2019.  (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Bolivia’s President and presidential candidate Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party is greeted by supporters as he arrives to vote during the presidential election at a polling station in a school in Villa 14 de Septiembre, in the Chapare region, Bolivia, October 20, 2019.
(REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

The official vote count on Tuesday morning showed Morales with 46.49% of the vote, about 9.5 points ahead of main rival Carlos Mesa, but just short of the 10-point lead necessary to win outright and avoid a riskier second round run-off.

 
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