• Morales loses fourth term bid in official results

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    LA PAZ: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has lost his bid to seek a fourth term, his first direct election defeat since taking office in 2006, according to official results released Tuesday. Morales, 56, has been in power for a decade, thanks largely to support from indigenous groups and grassroots organizations in one of the Americas’ poorest countries. While refusing to concede until the very end, Morales has promised to respect the official results of Sunday’s vote on a constitutional reform that would let him run for re-election to extend his time in office to 19 years. His current term ends in 2020. With 99.72 percent of votes counted, electoral board president Katia Uriona said that 51.3 percent of voters cast “no” ballots in the referendum, against 48.7 percent voting “yes.”

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