Bolivia's Evo Morales returns as president with landslide victory in elections

October 13, 2014 6:06 AM

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Bolivia's Evo Morales returns as president with landslide victory in elections

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, hailing it as a triumph for socialist reforms that have cut poverty and vastly expanded the state's role in the booming economy. Official results were slow coming in but an exit poll and a quick count showed Morales, a former coca grower, trouncing his opponents with about 60% of the vote and easily winning a third term in power.

Morales, who became Bolivia's first indigenous leader in 2006, will now be able to extend his "indigenous socialism", under which he has nationalized key industries such as oil and gas to finance welfare programs and build new roads and schools. "This was a debate on two models: nationalisation or p...

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