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Bolivian President-Elect Ends Cuba Trip, Returns Home

Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales heads back to his homeland Saturday, to celebrate New Year's Eve, after meeting with Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba.

Friday, the two leaders told a large group of Bolivian students studying in Cuba that among new agreements between the countries is a plan to step up bilateral education efforts.

Mr. Morales -- a socialist who will become Bolivia's first indigenous president when he is inaugurated January 22 -- chose Communist Cuba for his first trip since winning an overwhelming victory two weeks ago.

After he rings in the new year with his countrymen, Mr. Morales embarks on a trip to Spain, France, Belgium, China and South Africa before taking office January 22.

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