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Bolivia: Citizens cast historic ballots in first ever primary elections01:23

Bolivia: Citizens cast historic ballots in first ever primary elections

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, La Paz
January 28, 2019 at 05:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Bolivians citizens, as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales, voted in the country's first ever primary elections in Cochabamba, La Paz on Sunday, as candidates are selected for this year's general election.

Morales, who is aiming for his fourth term as leader, described the primaries as a 'warm up' in an interview with Bolivian TV, but detractors claim it is a way for him to gauge popular support.

"If the courts give the real result, Morales' Movement for Socialism will not reach 200,000 [votes]. Then President Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera will go and scratch their heads and say "Where are we failing? What have we done?"" said Edgar Mora, an activist.

Bolivians are scheduled to go to the polls in October 2019.

Bolivia: Citizens cast historic ballots in first ever primary elections01:23
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Thousands of Bolivians citizens, as well as Bolivian President Evo Morales, voted in the country's first ever primary elections in Cochabamba, La Paz on Sunday, as candidates are selected for this year's general election.

Morales, who is aiming for his fourth term as leader, described the primaries as a 'warm up' in an interview with Bolivian TV, but detractors claim it is a way for him to gauge popular support.

"If the courts give the real result, Morales' Movement for Socialism will not reach 200,000 [votes]. Then President Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera will go and scratch their heads and say "Where are we failing? What have we done?"" said Edgar Mora, an activist.

Bolivians are scheduled to go to the polls in October 2019.