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Bolivians angry over vote count storm capital as election hangs in balance

Updated : 2019-10-23 09:29:25

Bolivians, furious over what they saw as an attempt by leftist President Evo Morales to rig Sunday's election, protested outside the hotel in the capital city of La Paz where the country's electoral board was processing remaining ballots on Tuesday.

Doctors and health employees march in protest against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, in La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivians, furious over what they saw as an attempt by leftist President Evo Morales to rig Sunday's election, protested outside the hotel in the capital city of La Paz where the country's electoral board was processing remaining ballots on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Doctors and health employees march in protest against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, in La Paz, Bolivia. Bolivians, furious over what they saw as an attempt by leftist President Evo Morales to rig Sunday's election, protested outside the hotel in the capital city of La Paz where the country's electoral board was processing remaining ballots on Tuesday. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Doctors and health employees march in protest against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, in La Paz. With the official vote count at 96 percent, Morales extended his lead over his chief rival Carlos Mesa to 9.36 percentage points, just short of the 10-point lead he needs to avert a riskier run-off with Mesa. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Doctors and health employees march in protest against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, in La Paz. With the official vote count at 96 percent, Morales extended his lead over his chief rival Carlos Mesa to 9.36 percentage points, just short of the 10-point lead he needs to avert a riskier run-off with Mesa. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Even if the pace of Morales' lead holds and he secures an outright win, the election's legitimacy has been scarred, with Mesa and his supporters vowing not to recognize that result. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Even if the pace of Morales' lead holds and he secures an outright win, the election's legitimacy has been scarred, with Mesa and his supporters vowing not to recognize that result. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Suspicions of vote manipulation were sparked on Sunday after the official electoral board, Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), abruptly halted an electronic quick count after it showed Morales and Mesa were likely headed to second-round, with 84 percent of votes tallied. REUTERS/David Mercado
Suspicions of vote manipulation were sparked on Sunday after the official electoral board, Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), abruptly halted an electronic quick count after it showed Morales and Mesa were likely headed to second-round, with 84 percent of votes tallied. REUTERS/David Mercado
When the quick count resumed after an outcry on Monday, Morales had eked out a 10-point lead, sparking criticism from international election observers and a night of rioting across Bolivia, with several electoral offices attacked or set on fire, forcing two people to jump from a burning building in the city of Potosi. REUTERS/David Mercado
When the quick count resumed after an outcry on Monday, Morales had eked out a 10-point lead, sparking criticism from international election observers and a night of rioting across Bolivia, with several electoral offices attacked or set on fire, forcing two people to jump from a burning building in the city of Potosi. REUTERS/David Mercado
Morales' government has denied any meddling and has called for calm. But in La Paz and other cities, protests resumed for a second day by nightfall on Tuesday. REUTERS/David Mercado
Morales' government has denied any meddling and has called for calm. But in La Paz and other cities, protests resumed for a second day by nightfall on Tuesday. REUTERS/David Mercado
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