Bolivia's electoral board updates rapid count after outcry, shows Morales further ahead

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivia’s electoral board updated its preliminary election vote count on Monday evening after a nearly 24-hour pause sparked protests and calls from international observers and foreign governments for it to resume, to ensure transparency.

With 95% of votes counted, President Evo Morales had just over 46% and his chief rival Carlos Mesa 37%, showing Morales extending his lead but still just shy of a 10-point lead needed to avoid a riskier run-off with Mesa in December, data from the website of the Supreme Electoral Board showed.

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