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Bolivian Opposition Agrees to Meet With Morales


Five Bolivian opposition governors have agreed to meet with President Evo Morales in La Paz for a dialogue on the political crisis that threatens to divide the country.

The governors made their decision Wednesday after meeting among themselves in the city of Santa Cruz.

Mr. Morales invited them for talks after voters confirmed his mandate in Sunday's nationwide recall referendum.

Election officials said Wednesday that with most ballots counted, Mr. Morales has won 67 percent support.

The president has said the results validate his plans for reforms. The referendum was seen as a way to gauge support for the leftist leader's policies. Opposition conservative governors in eastern Bolivia have been pushing for more autonomy for their energy-rich region.

Eight of the country's nine governors also faced recall. Three of the governors - including two opponents of the president - were ousted.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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