Protesters run amid tear gas fired by police during a demonstration against the reelection of President Evo Morales outside the top electoral court during the wait for final results from last weekend's presidential election in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Morales declared himself the outright winner Thursday of an election in which he was seeking a fourth term as president, enraging his opponents who alleged vote fraud and called for further protests to demand a second round of voting. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Pressure grows on Bolivia's Morales to allow audit, runoff

October 25, 2019 - 11:05 am

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Pressure is growing at home and from abroad for Bolivia to hold a second round of voting after a disputed election that President Evo Morales says he won outright, with more protests erupting and the United Nations backing an audit of the vote amid fraud allegations.

Morales and his election rival, former president Carlos Mesa, exchanged bitter words, with Mesa accusing the president of staging "a monumental fraud" to win a fourth straight term. Bolivia's first indigenous president accused Mesa of seeking to oust him in a coup d'etat with international support.

In New York, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world body supports an audit of Bolivia's election results to be done by the Organization of American States and he appealed to the sides "to keep the maximum restraint."

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