Morales Reelected as Bolivian President With 61% of Votes: Election Tribunal

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Incumbent Bolivian President Evo Morales has won the third term in office with 61 percent of votes, the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Sunday after counting 99,82 percent of all ballots.

Updated 06:37 a.m. Moscow Time

MEXICO CITY, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Incumbent Bolivian President Evo Morales has won the third term in office with 61 percent of votes, the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Sunday after counting 99,82 percent of all ballots.

The Tribunal's President Wilma Velasco said Morales was ahead of his main rival, businessman Samuel Doria Medina from the center-right National Unity Front, by 37 percent.

Earlier results showed that Medina gained 24 percent of votes, while the third contender, former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga, won nine percent.

On October 12, some 6.2 million Bolivians took to the polling stations to vote in a new president, a vice president, 130 members to the Chamber of Deputies and 36 senators.

Bolivia's socialist leader Morales was largely anticipated to win the third term, extending his time in office until January 2020.

Even before the official results were announced, thousands of Morales's supporters across the country poured into the streets to celebrate his reelection after exit poll results came out predicting 61 percent in the president's favor.

Earlier in the week, the leaders of Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Nicaragua congratulated Evo Morales on his victory in separate phone calls and on Twitter.

Morales is the first ethnic Aymara to be in the top position in Bolivia. The Aymara are an indigenous nation in South America.

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