Morales Officially Declared Winner Of Bolivia Elections

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Bolivian President Evo Morales has been declared the winner of Sunday's elections by the electoral tribunal (TSE).

TSE said Mr. Morales had 47.1% of the vote with 99.9% of ballots counted, avoiding a second round run-off.

There were claims of the election being rigged after the vote count was paused for 24 hours.

Second placed candidate Carlos Mesa has called for a second round as has the US, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

Mr. Mesa had 36.51% of the vote, according to TSE's website.

Those figures give Mr. Morales a winning margin of more than 10 percentage points, meaning that a second round of voting is not required under Bolivian election law.

A spokeswoman for TSE said 0.01% of votes had been voided in the region of Beni with new voting there scheduled for November. She added that these votes are not enough to change the outcome of the election.

With his new win, Mr. Morales, already Latin America's longest-serving president, is set to remain in power until 2025.

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Timothy Omondi