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World Bolivia Votes for President After a Year Without Elected Leaders

16:35  18 october  2020
16:35  18 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The President of Bolivia is elected using a modified two-round system: a candidate is declared the Voting in Bolivia is compulsory for all adults over the age of 18. During the 14 years and preceding period where Evo Morales was President and Presidential candidate, Morales declined to take part

image captionBolivians will vote for a new president after having had an interim administration for a year . The vote is a re-run of a chaotic October 2019 election that led to the resignation and exile of left-wing president Evo Morales. As Bolivia 's first indigenous leader , he had governed the

(Bloomberg) -- Bolivians are voting in presidential and congressional elections on Sunday with the socialist movement seeking a return to power a year after their leader Evo Morales was ousted and fled the country.

a group of people posing for the camera: An attendee shows a sign replicating an electoral ballot during a campaign rally for Presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism party (MAS) Luis Arce in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Former Economy and Public Finance Minister Luis Arce leads voter intention with 33.6% to 26.8% for former President Carlos Mesa. © Bloomberg An attendee shows a sign replicating an electoral ballot during a campaign rally for Presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism party (MAS) Luis Arce in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Former Economy and Public Finance Minister Luis Arce leads voter intention with 33.6% to 26.8% for former President Carlos Mesa.

Morales’s ally Luis Arce, a U.K.-educated economist, is ahead in polls, but needs to avoid a run-off in which voters opposed to his socialist party can unite behind a single candidate.

Socialists Seek to Retake Bolivia a Year After Morales Ouster

  Socialists Seek to Retake Bolivia a Year After Morales Ouster Bolivia’s socialists are seeking to retake power in elections this Sunday a year after their leader Evo Morales was ousted and driven into exile. © Bloomberg An attendee holds a sign displaying the images of Luis Arce, presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism party (MAS), and David Choquehuanca, vice presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism party (MAS), during a campaign rally in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Former Economy and Public Finance Minister Luis Arce leads voter intention with 33.6% to 26.8% for former President Carlos Mesa.

Bolivia has experienced political turmoil since Morales stepped down in November of last year , after a controversial presidential election . Morales, currently leading the MAS campaign from Argentina, is banned from running for president in Bolivia .

General elections were held in Bolivia on 20 October 2019. Voters elected all 130 members of the Chamber of Deputies and 36 senators and cast ballots for a joint slate of president and vice president .

His main opponent is former President Carlos Mesa, an ex-journalist who led the country from 2003-2005.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and preliminary results are expected Sunday evening.

The vote is the first since last year’s chaotic election, which led to violent unrest and accusations of fraud. Since then, Bolivia has been run by an unelected transition government which Arce and his supporters regard as illegitimate.

Under Bolivian election rules, a candidate can win in the first round with just 40% of the vote, provided there’s a margin of more than ten percentage points over the runner-up. If no one wins in the first round, there’ll be a runoff on Nov. 29.

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