A final official vote count released Friday gave leftist Luis Arce a smashing victory in Bolivia’s presidential election.

Iran PressAmerica: The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Arce won 55% of the votes against six rivals on the ballot, easily avoiding the need for a runoff. The runnerup was centrist former President Carlos Mesa with just under 29%.

Conservative Luis Fernando Camacho, one of the leaders of the protest movement that helped drive Ex-Bolivian President Evo Morales out of the country a year ago, received only 14% of the vote.

The Movement Toward Socialism also won majorities in both houses of Congress, though that fell short of the two-thirds majorities it would need to modify the constitution without consent by opposition parties.

Arce served as economy minister for a dozen years under Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, as the country’s mineral exports boomed and poverty was sharply reduced.


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