Exit polls predict landslide victory for Morales
Press TV – December 7, 2009 01:23:31 GMT
Exit polls predict that Evo Morales (C) has won 61 percent of the vote in the Bolivian presidential election.
Three exit polls predict that Bolivian President Evo Morales has won a landslide re-election victory with an overwhelming 61 percent of the vote.
His main rival, Manfred Reyes Villa, the candidate of the Progress Plan Party, trailed with around 23 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election.
The exit polls conducted by private TV networks ATB, Uno, and PAT indicate that Morales has a 38 percentage point lead over his closest challenger.
The victory would give him a second term as president and authority to push on with leftist reforms that already include limiting the size of landholdings, nationalizing the energy and telecommunications sectors, and empowering downtrodden indigenous communities.
Morales’ Movement for Socialism will also take control of the Senate, which was the last bastion of the opposition, according to the exit polls.
As per Bolivian law, the winner should garner more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a second round and can also win if he takes 40 percent and holds a 10-point lead.