October 21, 2019 / 12:21 AM / a month ago

Bolivia's Morales leads election after quick count; second round looks likely

Bolivia's President and presidential candidate Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party is greeted by supporters as he arrives to vote during the presidential election at a polling station in a school in Villa 14 de Septiembre, in the Chapare region, Bolivia, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales led Sunday’s election with 45.71% of votes compared to 37.84% for his closest rival Carlos Mesa, according to a quick count of 83% of votes by the country’s electoral board.

The preliminary results showed that Morales, South America’s longest-serving leftist leader, would have to go to a December 15 run-off with Mesa.

Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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