Evo Morales is being tipped to win a second term as Bolivia’s president. The last opinion polls before Sunday’s election suggest the country’s first indigenous leader will get the 50 percent of the vote he needs to avoid a second round.
After casting his ballot Morales said voters faced a choice between continuing change or reverting back to neo-liberalism, adding he was optimistic of his chances. Morales enjoys popular support among Bolivia’s poor, indigenous population thanks to the redistribution of profits from the gas and mineral industries. But his business-friendly critics accuse him of making the country less attractive to foreign investment. Bolivians are also electing their parliament. Morales is also hoping to wrest control of the senate from the conservative opposition, which would allow him to push through changes to the constitution and possibly give him a third term after 2015.