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Small gains for Bolivia's Morales in state votes

 A woman casts her ballot during regional elections in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
 Former Bolivia's beauty queen and candidate for governor of the Beni state Jessica Jordan eats a snack after voting  during regional elections in Tri...
 A man, carrying a woman, rides a bicycle on  the shore of Lake Titicaca as he makes his way to a polling station during regional elections in Ajllata...
 Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, gestures to supporters as he arrives to casts his ballot during regional elections in Villa 14 de Septiembre...
 A woman casts her ballot during regional elections in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
 Former Bolivia's beauty queen and candidate for governor of the Beni state Jessica Jordan eats a snack after voting  during regional elections in Tri...
 A man, carrying a woman, rides a bicycle on  the shore of Lake Titicaca as he makes his way to a polling station during regional elections in Ajllata...

Bolivia Elections

A woman casts her ballot during regional elections in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia Elections

Former Bolivia's beauty queen and candidate for governor of the Beni state Jessica Jordan eats a snack after voting during regional elections in Tri...

Bolivia Elections

A man, carrying a woman, rides a bicycle on the shore of Lake Titicaca as he makes his way to a polling station during regional elections in Ajllata...

Bolivia Elections

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, gestures to supporters as he arrives to casts his ballot during regional elections in Villa 14 de Septiembre...

Bolivia Elections

A woman casts her ballot during regional elections in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia Elections

Former Bolivia's beauty queen and candidate for governor of the Beni state Jessica Jordan eats a snack after voting during regional elections in Tri...

Bolivia Elections

A man, carrying a woman, rides a bicycle on the shore of Lake Titicaca as he makes his way to a polling station during regional elections in Ajllata...

Allies of leftist President Evo Morales made modest advances in state and local elections on Sunday, according to independent exit polls.
Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism campaigned hard in opposition controlled eastern provinces where resistance is strongest to the central government's redistribution of land and wealth.
But opposition candidates held on to at least three of four closely contested states there, according to exit polls. Polls showed a near-tie in the northern state of Pando. The first official results were due on Monday.
Pro-government candidates for governor had comfortable leads in five out of nine state races. Those victories would consolidate control over La Paz and Cochabamba states, where elected opposition governors were temporarily replaced in 2008 after challenging the president to a recall referendum and losing.
Allies of the president own a comfortable majority in Congress, have the military's loyalty and could soon win a friendly judiciary in the first nationwide elections for high-court justices.
But even with two-thirds of Bolivians behind him, Morales continues to be frustrated by opposition governors who have tried in vain to wrest away control of royalties on Bolivia's natural gas deposits from the central government.
Polls showed the opposition prevailing in Tarija, Santa Cruz and Beni state, where Morales's allies nominated the beauty queen and political newcomer Jessica Jordan.
In mayoral elections, pro-government candidates picked up two major cities but lost in La Paz, seat of the Morales administration.


Updated : 2020-11-30 18:34 GMT+08:00