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Vote Counting Begins in Bolivia Elections

A member of a local election commission cuts voter registrations at a polling station in Villa 14 de Septiembre, in the Chapare region in Cochabamba, Oct. 12, 2014.

Vote counting has begun in Bolivia's presidential and congressional elections, expected to give President Evo Morales a third term in office and the legislative majority needed to push through his leftist reforms.

Public opinion polls indicatedMorales had 59 percent support against a fragmented opposition. The other leading candidates were business magnate Samuel Doria Medina with 18 percent, and conservative former president Jorge Quiroga, with nine percent.

President Morales' left-wing economic policy has been blended with nationalist rhetoric and a focus on indigenous rights and the environment.