In regional elections in Bolivia, preliminary results show President Evo Morales’ ruling party has emerged as the winner in five of the nine departments. In the wealthier regions of Santa Cruz, Beni and Tarija, the conservative opposition – which is fiercely opposed to the left-wing, indigenous president – has won more seats. Bolivians voted on Sunday (April 4) to elect the governors of nine departments, as well as the departmental assembly members, mayors, deputy governors and deputy mayors. Morales, who was re-elected as president last December, hailed the Bolivians’ massive participation in the elections as a vital step to make the country a freer, more democratic and sovereign state. (Radio Netherlands)

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