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Bolivian Congress to Choose Next President - 2002-07-10


Bolivia's Congress must choose a president August 3 since no candidate received more than 50 percent of the popular vote in the country's recent general election.

The National Electoral Council announced final results of the election Tuesday. Former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada will face second-place winner Evo Morales.

Political analysts say Mr. Sanchez de Lozada, who led the Andean country from 1993 to 1997 and is the owner of Bolivia's largest mining company, is likely to be chosen president. Mr. Morales is the leader of the country's coca farmers fighting the U.S.-backed effort to eradicate their crop, some of which is used to make cocaine.

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