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article imageEvo Morales poised for victory in Bolivia’s presidential election

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 3, 2014 in Politics
Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Bolivian President Evo Morales is the heavy favorite to win, nearly unopposed, the presidential election on Sunday, Oct. 12. This would be his second re-election. Recent surveys indicate that Morales would win even in former opposition strongholds.
In 2005, Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, was elected with 54 percent of the vote. In 2009, he managed to increase his vote by 10 points. In both cases, the opposition showed its greatest strength in Bolivia’s eastern regions composed by the departments of Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando and Tarija. Now, the political map of Bolivia has changed significantly.
Recent polls give Morales 59 percent of the vote nationwide, followed by businessman Samuel Doria Medina (13 percent), while former President Jorge Quiroga (2001-2002) ranks third with 8 percent. Morales would win in the first round.
Among the most important factors that presage a new electoral victory for President Morales is his support of 50 percent in the Department of Santa Cruz, which used to be a bastion of opposition to his government. At the same time, Morales has gathered 54 percent support in Pando, 44 percent in Beni, and 43 percent in Tarija. According to analysts, the new situation is motivated by the fact that the opposition is running divided in this election.
Morales advantageous position in formerly opposing regions of the country is mainly due to the sharp decline in political polarization and pragmatism that has allowed entrepreneurs and government to work together on several economic projects. Especially important for Morales has been the positive switch in Santa Cruz, where Morales used to avoid visiting. In fact, on Tuesday 7, Morales will close his campaign in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, capital of the Department of Santa Cruz.
The skyline of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra  Bolivia.
The skyline of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
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The promising electoral advantage of the President is also based on the recent allocation of funds for a vast program of infrastructure projects for Santa Cruz de la Sierra, including the expansion of the Viru Viru International Airport and the development of the new avenue G-77. The new route of 11 miles is fully paved, has modern lighting, landscaping, panels with pictures of tourist destinations in Bolivia, and the flags of the countries of the “G77 and China” group of the United Nations.
The Morales government has made significant investments in support of the agricultural industry of Santa Cruz. Additionally, the President has offered the construction of a nuclear energy plant in the capital region, plus hydroelectric plants, airports, mining projects and an intercity train in Santa Cruz. "We will deliver in Santa Cruz," Morales promised.
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