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Bolivia: Protests erupt as election officials say Morales close to outright victory01:51

Bolivia: Protests erupt as election officials say Morales close to outright victory

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, La Paz
October 22, 2019 at 05:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protests erupted in Bolivia's capital, La Paz on Monday after the national election commission announced that current leader Evo Morales was close to victory in the presidential election.

Footage shows confrontations between police and protesters outside a hotel where officials were processing votes.

The electoral board paused the vote count on Sunday after early results showed the election was heading into the second round with Morales facing rival Carlos Mesa. A day after it updated the figures showing Morales with a wider lead.

The announcement raised suspicions of vote tampering and fears of violence.

Bolivia: Protests erupt as election officials say Morales close to outright victory01:51
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Protests erupted in Bolivia's capital, La Paz on Monday after the national election commission announced that current leader Evo Morales was close to victory in the presidential election.

Footage shows confrontations between police and protesters outside a hotel where officials were processing votes.

The electoral board paused the vote count on Sunday after early results showed the election was heading into the second round with Morales facing rival Carlos Mesa. A day after it updated the figures showing Morales with a wider lead.

The announcement raised suspicions of vote tampering and fears of violence.

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