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Setback for Morales in Bolivian local elections

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Setback for Morales in Bolivian local elections

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The party of Bolivian President Evo Morales has failed in its bid to consolidate political control of the country, according to partial results.

His socialist MAS party may have won six regions in the local elections, up from five, but just five months after he was re-elected with 64 percent of the vote, the MAS was beaten in seven out of the 10 largest cities, and failed to win in the opposition-controlled economic heartlands.

“The government lost in more than half the departmental capital cities, but on top of that its support was eroded in the country’s west where the government’s social base is and support is strongest,” said one analyst.

The result is being seen as a rebalancing of political forces in the country, and it may embolden the opposition after its general election disaster to mount a fresh challenge to Evo Morales.