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Polls Close in Bolivian National Elections


Bolivian authorities are counting ballots from Sunday's national elections for a new president, vice president and Congress.

Public opinion polls ahead of the vote gave presidential candidate Evo Morales a slight lead. If elected, the leftist coca farmer would become the country's first indigenous president. He has said he would reverse efforts to eradicate coca fields and increase government control of the country's natural gas resources.

Close behind in the polls is Jorge Quiroga, a conservative former president who advocates free market policies.

Neither candidate is expected to receive a majority. If that happens, Bolivia's newly elected Congress will choose between the two leading contenders.

The vote was monitored by international observers and 50,000 police and security personnel

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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