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Rioting erupts as Bolivia says Morales near outright win

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s electoral authority announced Monday night that President Evo Morales was close to avoiding a runoff in his re-election bid, touching off protests by the leader’s opponents already upset by a sudden halt in the release of the vote count.

A crowd burned the offices of the electoral body in the southern city of Sucre, and groups of Morales’ supporters and opponents clashed in a number of places.

Morales narrowly wins first round in Bolivia election, faces run-off

21 October 2019; AFP: Evo Morales, seeking a controversial fourth term, led Bolivia's presidential election race Sunday but faces a historic second round run-off against opposition rival Carlos Mesa, partial results showed.

Morales had 45 percent of the vote to Mesa's 38 percent, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal announced, with most of the votes counted.

Bolivians pick between Evo Morales and change in tight vote

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — South America’s longest-serving leader is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in Bolivian elections on Sunday, but polls suggest Evo Morales is in the tightest race of his career.

The 59-year-old leftist is favored to win the first round vote, but he’s likely to be forced into a December runoff where he could be vulnerable to a united opposition.

The son of impoverished Aymara shepherds, Morales came to prominence leading social protests and won election as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in 2006.

Hundreds of thousands voice outrage over Bolivian leader’s response to forest fires

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA (Bolivia), Oct 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Bolivia’s largest city, turning up heat on President Evo Morales as they voiced outrage over his government’s response to wildfires that have razed broad swaths of the country’s forests this year.

Protesters in the wealthy, industrial city of Santa Cruz brandished placards at the demonstration late on Friday calling for a “punishment vote” against Morales in the upcoming Oct 20 presidential election.

Firefighters in Bolivia lose hope of taming blazes as burned area doubles

CONCEPCION, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian volunteer firefighters, exhausted from battling blazes sweeping rapidly across the country’s lowlands, are starting to lose hope and retreat from the front lines of some infernos in the drought-stricken region.

The fires this year are Bolivia’s worst in at least two decades, with the size of burned land across the country nearly doubling in under three weeks, destroying swaths of biodiverse forest and ranches and farms that sustain thousands of people.

Bolivia has lost 1.7 million hectares to fire: government

5 September 2019; AFP: Wildfires raging in Bolivia's forests and grasslands since May have destroyed 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres), officials said Wednesday, amid an $11 million effort by the government to contain them.

Environmentalists blame laws enacted under leftist President Evo Morales, who has encouraged the burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production, while the government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.

Bolivia has lost 1.7 million hectares to fire: government

LA PAZ, Sept 5 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Wildfires raging in Bolivia’s forests and grasslands since May have destroyed 1.7 million hectares, officials said Wednesday, amid an $11 million effort by the government to contain them.

Environmentalists blame laws enacted under President Evo Morales, who has encouraged the burning of forest and pasture land to expand agricultural production, while the government attributes the blazes to dry weather and winds.

Bolivia seizes 220 tons of drugs in 8 months

LA PAZ, Sept 4 (NNN-Xinhua) — Bolivian anti-narcotics forces seized 220.7 tons of drugs during 8,261 operations between January and September this year, an official said.

With the support of some international bodies, Bolivia’s antinarcotics model is “producing important results,” Deputy Interior Minister Jose Luis Quiroga told the press.

Of the 220.7 tons of drugs seized, 6.6 tons were cocaine paste, 4.9 were cocaine, 204.5 corresponded to marijuana plantations and 4.5 to marijuana ready for sale, the minister said.

Bolivian women fight gender-based violence through theater

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — On stage, amid the hubbub of a Bolivian street market, women recount their stories of abuse at the hands of men.

But the violence depicted in the play isn’t just make-believe for the 22 indigenous actresses: It’s based on their own real-life experiences.

“Kusisita,” a work that seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and mobilize people to fight it, has been drawing large audiences in Bolivia, which has one of South America’s highest rates of femicides.

Bolivian president says intervention in Venezuela "will bring war"

LA PAZ, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales warned Friday that any intervention in Venezuela "will only bring war."

"We expect deep reflection for life and humanity; any type of intervention will only bring war. There will not be peace without social justice and without respect to the sovereignty of the people," Morales wrote on his Twitter account.

In another message on Twitter, Morales warned that the humanitarian aid from the U.S. to Venezuela is a "Trojan horse" as a means to invade and provoke a war.

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