Bolivian President Evo Morales ’s ruling Movement Toward Socialism party won a two-thirds supermajority in the legislative assembly in an election earlier this month, according to final results released late Wednesday, solidifying his political control in the Andean nation. More than two weeks after Bolivians went to the polls, the country’s electoral court announced the final results of the vote count, showing that Mr. Morales’s party, known as MAS, won 113 of the 166 seats in the assembly. While Mr. Morales’s re-election to a third term was confirmed shortly after the Oct. 12 election, the results for the legislative assembly weren’t immediately clear. Analysts say the two-thirds result could open the door for Mr. Morales to change the constitution, which would be necessary to remove presidential term limits.
The court said that MAS won 88 of the 130 seats in the chamber of deputies and 25 of the 36 seats in the senate for the 2015-20 period. The party’s final tally included two seats that opposition parties initially won. However, these were transferred to MAS because the opposition parties failed to get 3% of the nationwide vote, a requirement to maintain their legal status.
The court also confirmed that Mr. Morales was re-elected with 61.36% of the vote, which was slightly higher than projections from exit polls. The next-closest candidate, Samuel Doria Medina of the Democratic Unity party, had 24.23%.