Final vote count in Bolivian election gives Morales outright win after a disputed race

A final vote tally by Bolivia's electoral board gave President Evo Morales an outright win in the first-round election on Thursday,…

A final vote tally by Bolivia’s electoral board gave President Evo Morales an outright win in the first-round election on Thursday, with 47.07% of ballots compared to 36.51% for runner-up Carlos Mesa, data on the board’s website showed. Morales‘ 10.56 point lead with 99.99% of votes counted means he does not have to face Mesa, a former president, in a riskier second round run-off, after a disputed race in which the opposition has alleged fraud and Morales has accused rivals of staging a “coup.”

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