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Bolivia elections: Morales Convinced He’ll win despite unfavourable preliminary count

Bolivian President Evo Morales said that he was convinced he’d win Sunday’s election despite having an official preliminary count of 84 percent of ballots that revealed he’d most likely be forced into some run-off vote.

Morales, 59, said that he had been sure outstanding votes from rural places, where he will have more powerful support, would send him another”historical” victory along with a congressional majority.

Morales requires at least 40 percent of votes along with a 10-point lead over his nearest rival to prevent a December 15 second-round vote together with the runner-up.

The partial count from the electoral board revealed Morales had won 45 percent of votes against 38 percent for main rival Carlos Mesa.

Mesa, who said before he didn’t even trust that the TSE, celebrated the outcomes amid cheering fans, stating: “We are in the next round!”

“Democracy is the most significant value for which we’re fighting,” additional Mesa, 66, forcing home the subject of his effort. “We are not going to reduce it”

Morales is operating in defiance of term limitations and even though a 2016 referendum where Bolivians voted against permitting him to find a fourth successive term. A local court judgment enabled him to operate anyhow.

Since he did at the 2014 election, Morales has promised to retire following the term is finished.

Chi Hyun Chung, the offender of this right-wing Christian Democratic party, was operating in third position with close to 9 percent of the vote, signaling his support base is going to be an integral goal for Morales and Mesa from the next round.

Whoever wins will probably have to govern without a majority in Congress and using a gloomier economic outlook, since the commodities-fueled flourish that drove fast economic expansion in Bolivia in the past few years has stopped and the nation’s major all-natural gas reserves have dwindled.