Morales gets absolute majority in Bolivia legislature

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Bolivian President Evo Morales gives a press conference in La Paz on October 13, 2014, a day after being voted for a third term in officeIn addition to his own reelection, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales kept his absolute majority in congress in the October 12 general elections, authorities said Wednesday. The Supreme Electoral Council said Morales, a socialist in power since 2006 and Bolivia’s first indigenous president, won 61.36 percent of the vote against 24.23 percent for his closest rival, wealthy cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina. The results mean Morales, a staunch critic of the United States, will keep his control over the legislature, which makes it easy for him to pass legislation with little opposition. USA, LLC