- Title: Bolivians living abroad vote on extending Evo's rule
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: BOLIVIA'S AMBASSADOR TO ARGENTINA, SANTOS TITO VELIZ, STANDING AS BOLIVIA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM IS BEING PLAYED
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 17:31
- Keywords: Bolivia election voting President Evo Morales re-election Argentina Brazil
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA002B1WJ0AV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Bolivians living in Argentina and Brazil voted on Sunday (October 20) in an election that'll decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades, or oust the great survivor of South America's "pink tide" of leftists leaders.
Bolivians living abroad started queuing early so their ballots could also be counted. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, there were some 161,000 registered Bolivian voters.
In Rio de Janeiro, expiates gathered at the Bolivian Consulate to cast their vote.
Morales, widely known as just "Evo", is the favourite to win, but it is set to be his toughest race yet since sweeping to power as Bolivia's first indigenous president in 2006. Recent opinion polls show he could win with his weakest ever mandate and may face a risky second round run-off.
Morales needs 40% of ballots and a 10-point lead to win outright on Sunday. Polls open at 8 am (1200 GMT) and close eight hours later. The next president will govern from 2020-2025.
Despite growing disenchantment with Morales, support for the opposition will be divided among eight candidates, all of whom trail behind Morales by double digits in a recent poll by Viaciencia.
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