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Bolivia's Morales claims election victory, blasts opposition "coup"

LA PAZ, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Bolivian leader Evo Morales repeated his claim that he had won victory in a presidential election and railed against the opposition for trying to orchestrate a “coup” after mass protests claiming the vote was being rigged.

The official vote count on Tuesday morning showed Morales with 46.49% of the vote, about 9.5 points ahead of main rival Carlos Mesa, but just short of the 10-point lead necessary to win outright and avoid a riskier second round run-off.

Reporting by Mitra Taj; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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