lunes, 13 de octubre de 2014

Bolivia re-elects its president

Bolivia's socialist President Evo Morales was re-elected to a third presidential term on 12 October, winning around 61 per cent of all votes cast in the first round, Spain's RTVE reported on 13 October. He was widely expected to win and declared himself victor late on 12 October before waiting for an announcement on the preliminary count of votes, CNN reported. His presidential term will be from 2015-2020 and is expected to entail measures including nationalisations and moves to develop a nuclear industry, RTVE stated. The elections, he told supporters gathered outside the presidential palace in La Paz, were a victory against imperialist and colonial powers, and he dedicated this victory to Cuba's former president Fidel Castro and Venezuela's late socialist leader, Hugo Chávez Frías. He cited the Mexican indigenous leader Subcomandante Marcos in his speech, saying one had to govern "obeying the people." About 6.2 million Bolivians were eligible to vote in these elections, and the country's Electoral Tribunal declared that the Organization of American States would later audit votes. Opposition candidates were not in any case challenging the results. A preliminary count gave the next candidate, the businessman Samuel Doria Medina about 25 per cent of all votes cast.