Morales re-election results could mean trouble
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Morales re-election results could mean trouble

Preliminary results and unofficial quick vote counts in Bolivia are pointing toward a slim defeat for an effort to amend the constitution so President Evo Morales could run for another term.

Morales has governed for a decade. A “yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum would have let him seek a fourth consecutive term in 2019.

Preliminary official results were being processed slowly, particularly in rural areas where support for Morales is strongest. With 1,369 of the 30,367 stations reporting, the “no” vote stood at 63 percent.

An unofficial quick count of ballots at one in every 15 polling stations by the Ipsos-Apoyo polling firm put the “no” vote ahead 52 percent to 48 percent.

Associated Press

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