Breaking News: Evo Morales has been Re-Elected, with 62%

Jacqueline Patiño
Posted December 6, 2009 from Bolivia

MAS is celebrating the re-election of president Evo Morales. Exit polls have shown an ample 62% of voters in favor of Morales, while Manfred and Leo (PPB) have 23% and Samuel (UN) has 9%. The new composition of the Senate gives two thirds to MAS and the chamber of members is also MAS colored.

The growth of listings reflects the growth of Morales’s voting in regions where he did not use to win. The opposition needs to rethink its strategy, as this results are burying their hope to become a meaningful force in the country.

By state, MAS would hold a victory in the states (departments) of La Paz, Oruro, Potosi and Cochabamba, while Chuquisaca and Tarija are the opposition strongest sites. Santa Cruz is about to surrender and will have to wait to see the last results.Beni and Pando are two strong sites for the opposition, with 48% and 46% each.

MAS gets between 24 and 25 senators, PPB between 10 and 11 senators and one senatorial place would be disputed between UN and AS. This is very important, as it gives the government total access to pass the laws it needs to pass without delay or discussion.

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  • Mauri Favaron
    Dec 14, 2009
    Dec 14, 2009

    I've read your three articles on the re-election of Morales.

    It's thrilling to me seeing the big percentages, and the consequent power without restraint which may follow. I see a similarity to Italy (although our vote changes are very small), with some of the parties (to date especially mr.Berlusconi's) hoarding as much power as possible in the quite explicit attempt to reward their people and themselves.

    Here in Italy you may also see many people voting against their interests, hoping a day to be rewarded on their own. As they are not routinely, it seems to me they "defend their choice" as people would do after having bought something expensive not fitting their needs. Very few Italians read, or use the Internet creatively, or do whatever else may help them building an independent opinion. A large majority form their opinion using the easiest way available (television, or "commonsense"). Then when voting they tend to act impulsively, or (quite the opposite) stay locked conservatively to their parents' grandparents' ancient ideas. In both cases, they seem to me acting very ideologically, with little pragmatism.

    The end result: a government with a sort of absolute power, often used to make irreversible moves with little discussion if any at all.

    Seeing this here, I'm very curious of Bolivia, and how people form their opinions on average.