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    Morales Refuses to Hold 'Political Negotiation' Following Presidential Election

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    Earlier, the Bolivian electoral authority confirmed that Evo Morales had secured a fourth term as president of the country with 47.08 percent of the vote. The opposition has protested the election result, citing a lack of transparency in vote-counting.

    Morales, while delivering a speech in the region of Cochabamba on Saturday, ruled out a possibility of holding any "political negotiation" regarding the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.

    "I want to tell you here that there is no political negotiation, here we respect the Constitution and we respect the party that won the last election," Morales said, cited by AFP.

    Following the announcement of the official results on Friday that showed Morales securing 47.08 percent of the vote, and his rival, Carlos Mesa, gaining 36.51 percent, Maria Eugenia Choque, head of the Bolivian Supreme Electoral Tribunal, noted in a statement that the country was open for a review of the presidential election results by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union.

    "The OAS, EU and other international and political organizations may hold an audit. We are absolutely open for it," Choque said in a statement to reporters aired live on the tribunal’s Facebook account late on Friday.

    The election was held on Sunday. Vote counting prompted concerns by the opposition, which led to protests and unrest. Mesa has refused to recognize the vote result

    The Organization of American States (OAS), invited by the Bolivian authority to verify the election result, cited irregularities in the vote-counting process and advised authorities to hold the second round of the election.

    Morales, in his turn, accused the opposition of plotting to overthrow him.


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