Bolivian ruling MAS party wins regional elections: official report

13:57, April 09, 2010      

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The National Electoral Court (CNE) of Bolivia announced Thursday that the Movement for Socialism (MAS), the party of President Evo Morales, won six out of nine provincial governorships, while the opposition won the other three.

The results of the April 4 election also show that the MAS won seven out of 10 municipal elections.

According to Antonio Costas, president of the CNE, the MAS candidates won the provincial governments of Chuquisaca, La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Potosi and Pando.

The country is split into nine official provinces: Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosi, Santa Cruz, and Tarija. Santa Cruz forms the center of the affluent and Eurocentric opposition against Morales and the MAS.

President Morales, who was reelected in December 2009, is making history in South America, being the first indigenous leader of state on the continent. Moreover, he advocates radical social reform.

The CNE found irregularities at five voting centers in Pando, therefore the vote will be repeated on April 18.

However, the MAS’s victory is assured because the opposition candidate, Paulo Bravo, needs 450 votes to tie the result, and only 222 people will vote again.



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