Evo Morales Keeps Getting Votes

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La Paz, December 13 (Prensa Latina) With 96 percent of the ballots officially counted, Evo Morales reaffirms himself as Bolivia”s President most voted for with 63.46 percent of the votes in last Sunday general elections that gave him a second term in office (2010-2015).

  According to the latest report of the National Electoral Court (CNE), of 5.1 millión voters, among them 170,000 residents in four countries, almost 3 million favored Bolivia’s first indigenous president.

The CNE reports that 2 million 805.932 votes went to the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales, an Aymara indian that has brought stability and economic growth to one of Latin America’s poorest countries since he took office for the first time in 2005.

The electoral body is still counting ballots from four regions, including La Paz.

The main opposition alliance Progress Plan for Bolivia-National Convergence (PPB-CN), headed by Cochabamba’s ex-prefect Manfred Reyes Villa, came in second with 1,178,781 votes for a 28,2 percent.

Regarding other parties, the National Unity (UN) headed by businessman Samuel Doria Medina just gained 5,6 percent of the votes; Social Alliance (AS) by Potosi ex-mayor Rene Joaquino, 2,3 percent, and the other political formations did not came even close to one percent.

CNE president Antonio Costas pointed out that they had finished counting the votes in the southern departments of Chuquisaca and Tarija, in eastern Santa Cruz and in the Amazon departments of Beni and Pando.

La Paz, Oruro, Potosi and Cochabamba, traditionally very close to Morales, are still counting ballots.

Costas explained that they expected to have the elections’ general result before the weekend is over for the CNE to approve and present them publicly.

Last December 6, more than five million Bolivians, almost 170,000 of them immigrants in the USA, Spain, Brazil and Argentina, voted to elect the president and vice-president, as well as 166 members of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly.

On that date, five departments, the Gran Chaco (Tarija) region and twelve indigenous municipalities also held referenda to decide over their autonomous status.

Source: Prensa Latina

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