Evo Morales easily won an unprecedented third term as Bolivia’s president on the strength of the economic and political stability his government has brought.
An unofficial quick count by the polling company Ipsos for ATB television network gave Morales 59.5 percent of the vote against 25.3 percent for cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, the top vote-getter among four challengers.
Ballot counting was to resume early Monday with the first official tally expected by midday.
Doria Medina conceded defeat late Sunday promising to “keep working to make a better country.”
Known internationally for his anti-imperialist rhetoric, the 55-year-old coca growers’ union leader raised in poverty is widely popular at home for a pragmatic economic stewardship that spread Bolivia’s natural gas and mineral wealth among the masses.