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  •  From the Financial Times: (4.00)
    Support for the leftwing leader greatly exceeded expectations. With 75 per cent of the votes counted, Mr Morales looked to be closing in on the 50 per cent plus one vote majority needed for victory in the first round. Jorge Quiroga, the conservative former president who was his closest rival, trailed by at least 18 percentage points.
    "The next government will have the greatest legitimacy of any administration since the return to democracy in 1982," said Eduardo Gamarra of Florida International University. In the past 25 years no candidate has ever won a presidential election in the first round.

    If Mr Morales fails to win an absolute majority, the newly elected Congress will vote in January to choose the president from the top two candidates.

    The Movement to Socialism, Mr Morales's party, is unlikely to have a majority of the seats in the legislature. However, both Mr Quiroga and Samuel Doria Medina, the third-placed candidate, have said that the candidate who comes first should become president. Congress will convene on January 17, with the new president being inaugurated five days later.

    Support for Mr Morales reached 61 per cent in La Paz, the capital, and 64 per cent in Cochabamba, his political base, according to early results. Even in Santa Cruz, the wealthy conservative department that has been pressing for autonomy, his share of the vote was as high as 32 per cent.

    Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
    You can kill one, but another is born.
    The words are written down, the deed, the date.

    Czeslaw Milosz

    by Chris Kulczycki on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 03:50:41 AM PST

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      Sorry, but this is a great day for Latin America. The domino has tipped, look for Mexico to follow suit in July. Latin America can finally use its resources for something crazy, to better themselves!

      So how does it fell America, knowing that Latin America is now more progressive?

      "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." -- Thomas Paine

      by pinche tejano on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 11:45:00 AM PST

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      •  Ouch, Pinche! (4.00)
        You're just trying to make us all feel worse.  Of course Latin America now looks substantially more progressive than the US - - what's the contest?

        Stop the politicization of crime!

        by tom 47 on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 11:49:53 AM PST

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        •  Considering the USA's fine history of LA (4.00)
          intervention, it is a testament that truth and justice shall overcome in the end not matter what is thrown at the people.

          You should parlay this to the 2006 elections in the USA, that there is always hope.

          The contest is that no matter how bad the Monroe Doctrine had 'those brown people' down, at the end of the day they were able to rise back up.

          And check the population tide map, the USA will be majority Latin American in 20 years, so we will bring democracy back to the cradle.

          So let's make that the contest: Who will bring true democracy back to the USA quicker, Latin Americans or WASPs?

          I hope you win.

          "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." -- Thomas Paine

          by pinche tejano on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 12:10:55 PM PST

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      •  It feels fantastic!!! (none)
        Viva Morales!, Viva Bolivia!  Viva los Indios, que viva!

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