October 25, 2019 / 1:55 AM / 21 days ago

Mexico congratulates Bolivia's Morales on election 'victory'

Bolivia's President Evo Morales gestures after a news conference at the presidential palace La Casa Grande del Pueblo in La Paz, Bolivia, October 24, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico quickly offered congratulations to Bolivian President Evo Morales on his re-election “victory” on Thursday, following a disputed race in which the opposition has alleged fraud and Morales accused rivals of staging a “coup.”

A final vote tally by Bolivia’s electoral board gave Morales an outright win in the first-round election, with just over 47% of votes cast plus a 10-point margin over runner-up Carlos Mesa.

“The government of Mexico congratulates... (Morales) for his victory and we wish him the greatest success in his next term,” Maximiliano Reyes Zuniga, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for Latin America and the Caribbean, wrote in a post on Twitter.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Diego Ore; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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