Unofficial Results: Morales Keeps Job In Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Partial unofficial results show Bolivia’s voters have decided leftist President Evo Morales can keep his job.

The initial results in a recall election proposed by Morales show Bolivia’s first indigenous president and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia, winning 56.7 percent of the vote. Compiled by the Ipsos-Apoyo firm, the results are a quick count of votes from 500 of 22,700 polls across the country.

Morales devised Sunday’s referendum to try to break a political stalemate in the bitterly divided Andean nation. He is trying to revive a stalled crusade to remedy age-old inequities in South America’s poorest country.

Eight of Bolivia’s nine provincial governors were also subject to recall.