In the presidential election in Bolivia incumbent Evo Morales is just ahead. As the electoral authority announced after counting 83 percent of the vote, Morales leads with 45.3 percent of the vote in front of his rival, ex-president Carlos Mesa, who came to 38.2 percent.
If it sticks to this result, they would face each other in a runoff election in December. A victory in the first round of voting requires an absolute majority of votes, or at least 40 percent, ten percentage points ahead of the next rival.
More than seven million Bolivians were called on Sunday to elect a new president for the years 2020 to 2025.
Morales has been in power in Bolivia for almost 14 years. Thus, the 59-year-old socialist ex-union leader is the longest-serving head of state in South America.