Bolivian personality ‘loses’ fourth tenure bid

Media captionVoters went to a polls to confirm if Morales can stay in energy for a fourth term

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has narrowly mislaid a referendum to concede him to mount for a fourth tenure in office, exit polls suggest.

One check suggests 52.3% voted opposite a offer to rectify a constitution, while another suggests it was 51%.

However, Mr Morales’s emissary has expected Bolivia’s initial conduct of state of inland start could still win, as central formula drip in.

The structure change would have let Mr Morales sojourn in energy until 2025.

Opposition supporters have been celebrating a referendum outcome in tools of a categorical city, La Paz.

Mr Morales, an inland Aymara and former coca root producer, took bureau in Jan 2006.

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Graffiti reads ‘No Evo’ in El Alto, Bolivia’s second largest city

The president’s stream tenure ends in 2020.

He is still a renouned personality and a economy has grown usually over a past decade, a BBC’s Americas Editor, Leonardo Rocha, reports.

However, many suspicion Evo Morales should not be authorised to offer 19 uninterrupted years as president, a editor adds.

Appeal for caution

Opposition personality Samuel Doria Medina urged Mr Morales to “recognise a results” and concentration on elucidate Bolivia’s problems in his remaining time in bureau instead of perplexing to run for another term.

However Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera pronounced a formula so distant were a “technical tie”.

He urged people to wait for a central formula and pronounced any celebrations by a antithesis were premature.

“Opinion polls, generally exit polls, make mistakes,” he told reporters.

“They don’t take into comment a opinion abroad. They don’t go to a some-more remote locations, where there is some-more support for a revolutionary movement.

“It’s rarely expected that a numbers shown by a opinion polls will be really opposite from a reality.”

Evo Morales in office

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Evo Morales waves to supporters in Oruro in Oct 2005 during his presidential campaign

  1. First inaugurated boss in 2005: Began by renationalising a country’s oil and gas industries and boosting amicable spending. Won a referendum in Aug 2008 on either he should stay in office, and afterwards a few months after a referendum authorized his skeleton for a new constitution
  2. Re-elected in 2009: His second tenure followed a landslide win, and Mr Morales continued to pursue severe policies
  3. Again re-elected in 2014: He was means to run again notwithstanding a 2009 structure tying presidents to dual uninterrupted terms in office. The Constitutional Court ruled his initial tenure should not count since it had not taken place underneath a new constitution. His stream terms ends in 2020
  4. Another run in 2019? A win in Sunday’s referendum would let him mount again, and potentially offer until 2025, though is looking unlikely

Vote counting has been slower than usual.

The electoral authorities contend a check is inspiring mostly ballots from farming areas, that mostly support a president.

In a eastern range of Santa Cruz, indignant electorate set glow to list papers and list boxes after a check to a opening of several polling stations.

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Voting in La Paz and elsewhere was mostly peaceful

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This lady in La Paz was receiving her voting certificate

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A line of Aymara electorate in Jesus de Machaca

‘Charismatic and powerful’

Even if he loses a referendum, President Morales will have copiousness of time before a subsequent choosing to collect a inheritor and differently change Bolivia’s future, Michael Shifter, conduct of a US-based Inter-American Dialogue consider tank, told Reuters news agency.

“He is one of a many charismatic and absolute leaders in Bolivian history. It is doubtful he is going to only retire from politics,” he said.

“But maybe for a initial time in a decade, it is probable to suppose a Bolivia but Evo that does not lapse to a aged times of mercantile and secular exclusion.”

Despite a dump in a general cost of oil and healthy gas, a Bolivian economy has achieved good in a past 10 years, flourishing on normal 5% a year.

The government’s revolutionary policies have also been successful in shortening impassioned poverty.

But new allegations that Mr Morales used his change to foster a Chinese construction organisation in Bolivia have shop-worn his capitulation ratings.

A former partner of Mr Morales, Gabriela Zapata, binds an critical position in a company, CAMC, that has cumulative some-more than $500m (£350m) in contracts with a Bolivian government.

Mr Morales deserted a allegations and pronounced he had zero to hide. He systematic an review into how a contracts were awarded.