Bolivia elections: Will Evo Morales get a fourth term in office?

Bolivia elections: Will Evo Morales get a fourth term in office?

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The three top candidates are (from left to right) Evo Morales, Carlos Mesa and Óscar Ortiz

Many young Bolivians heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in a general election have no memory of anyone but President Evo Morales leading the Andean nation. The indigenous politician is running for a fourth term in office and if he wins, he will be in power until 2025.His critics say he has ignored a referendum in which Bolivians voted to restrict presidents to two terms.And yet, opinion polls suggest he has a wide lead over his nearest rival. Who is in the running?Incumbent Evo Morales is again running for his Movement for Socialism (Mas) party. EPAEvo Morales13 years, 9 monthsin power38 yearsleading the coca growers’ union54%of the votes won in 2005 election64%of the votes won in 2009 election61%of votes won in 2014 electionSource: BBC Monitoring

Read our profile of Evo Morales: Fourteen years and countingMr Morales’ main rival for the presidency is Carlos Mesa, who is running for the Civic Community (Comunidad Ciudadana) political alliance.ReutersCarlos Mesa19 monthsas president between 2003 and 2005Came to powerafter the then-president resignedJournalistwho worked in print and TVFilm buffwho founded the Bolivian Film
InstituteMaritime disputerepresented Bolivia at the International Court of JusticeSource: BBC Monitoring

Third in opinion polls is Senator Óscar Ortiz, who is standing for the “Bolivia dice no” (Bolivia says no) coalition. ReutersÓscar Ortiz8 yearsrepresenting Santa Cruz in the SenateBusinessmanturned conservative politician14 yearsspent working for Santa Cruz’s chamber of commerce50 years of agehe is the youngest of the top three presidential candidatesSource: BBC Monitoring

How does it work?Voting is compulsory for adult Bolivians, unless they are over 70 years old. The 7.3 million Bolivians eligible to vote will elect a president and a vice-president, 130 members of the chamber of deputies and 36 senators.In order to win in the first round on 20 October, a presidential candidate has to either gain more than 50% of the votes, or 40% with a 10-percent
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