Bolivia says Morales near outright victory, unrest spreads

Evo Morales Jorge Saenz. File

Evo Morales Jorge Saenz. File  

Rioting broke out in parts of Bolivia among opponents of President Evo Morales after electoral authorities announced that a resumed vote count put the leader close to avoiding a runoff in his bid for a fourth term.

Protesters set fire to regional offices of the electoral body in the southern cities of Sucre of Potosi late Monday, and a crowd burned ballots from Sunday’s election in Tarija. Bands of Mr. Morales’ supporters and opponents fought in a number of places across the country, including the capital.

Mr. Morales’ opponents accused officials of trying to help the president avoid a runoff battle. A U.S. State Department accused Bolivian authorities of trying to subvert the vote, and an observer mission from the Organization of American States expressed concerns about the counting process.

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