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Morales and Mesa will dispute the Presidency of Bolivia in a second round, according to preliminary results

MADRID, Oct. 21 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The candidates for the Presidency of Bolivia Evo Morales, of the Movement to Socialism (MAS), and Carlos Mesa, of the Citizen Community (CC), will have to resolve the electoral dispute in a second round, according to the Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results (TREP) of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

With 89.62 percent scrutinized, Morales, current leader of the country, would have taken 45.28 percent of the votes against 38.16 percent of Mesa. Chi Hyun Chung, of the Christian Democratic Party (PDC), has obtained 8.77 percent of the support, ahead of the 4.41 percentage points of Oscar Ortiz of Bolivia Says No.

Morales and Mesa will dispute the Presidency of Bolivia in a second round, according to preliminary results
Morales and Mesa will dispute the Presidency of Bolivia in a second round, according to preliminary results

If held, the second round would take place on December 15 between the MAS and CC candidates in what would be the first vote of this type in 17 years. Given this possibility, Morales himself has hardened his speech recently and has warned of the consequences of a change of government.

Shortly after knowing the preliminary results, Mesa has assured that the formation is grateful to the Bolivians for the “unquestionable victory that allows us to say that we are in the second round”, as recorded by a video broadcast through their Facebook account.

“We owe this triumph to the clarity of thought of the Bolivian people,” he said before adding that “the route of the final triumph remains.”

This is one of the most fierce elections for the head of state, who is about to turn 15 years in power and has perceived a notable loss of popularity, especially after the referendum held in 2016 with which he intended to validate, through the popular vote, his nomination for a new mandate.

The secretary general of the Public Ministry, Edwin Quispe, has announced that at the national level the nine departmental prosecutors registered regularity and tranquility in the development of the elections and stressed that there were no electoral crimes during the day, according to the local newspaper 'Page Seven'.

“Of the 473 prosecutors, forensic doctors and support personnel that have been deployed in the 115 tax seats, we have not had significant developments that have altered or intimidated the free, peaceful and sovereign exercise of the right to vote that we all Bolivians agree to the Political Constitution of the State, “he explained.

However, the Police have arrested 324 people and detained another 477 for allegedly violating the good governance order. “Throughout the country today, 315 people have been arrested for drinking alcoholic beverages. 30 venues for the sale of alcoholic beverages have been intervened, we have nine people arrested for the sale of alcoholic beverages,” said the commander of the Bolivian Police, General Vladimir Calderón.

Among those arrested are the militants of the Bolivia Dice No group, who were allegedly caught drinking alcoholic beverages in the town of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the country's commercial epicenter.

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