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Presidential election in Bolivia

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posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 10:16 AM
It appears as Evo Morales' political party "Movimiento al Socialismo, Mas", in english; Movement toward Socialism, has won the presidential election. Thus, Evo Morales is likely to become the next president.

Morales' hold on power appears secure after both Quiroga, leader of the social democrat Podemos party, and Doria Medina, tipped as a possible partner in an anti-Morales coalition, conceded defeat Sunday night.

Bolivian political analyst Jim Schultz of the Cochabamba-based Democracy Center said Sunday's results suggested a "stunning, historic win for Morales and MAS. It would certainly represent a greater mandate than any president has had in decades."

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Among many things Evo Morales is a socialist who wants to legalize coca growing and nationalize gas resources. He is not liked by the rich but liked by the poor, a majority of Bolivias population. He is negative toward capitalism and the U.S.A..

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posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 11:17 AM
He needs to win a majority of the vote, which he might be close to, to become president, not a mere plurality. If he gets 49%, then their congress/legislature picks the president. I suspect that they will simply pick his opponent, if only because that opponent is already telling people not to take to the streets and use violence to protest such a decision.

posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 11:40 AM
Everything as I understand is still based on election polls and first ballots indicate Morales has a slight lead but not the majority needed to win outright which leaves it in the hands of there congress/senate whatever they call it who will make the final choice according to the law, but that does not mean that Morales will not keep his promise and form a coup first to make sure he wins.


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