Bolivia’s President and presidential candidate Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) celebration is greeted by supporters as he arrives to vote in the course of the presidential election at a polling station in a college in Villa 14 de Septiembre, in the Chapare area, Bolivia, October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivia’s electoral board updated its preliminary election vote count on Monday evening right after a almost 24-hour pause sparked protests and calls from international observers and foreign governments for it to resume, to assure transparency.

With 95% of votes counted, President Evo Morales had just more than 46% and his chief rival Carlos Mesa 37%, displaying Morales extending his lead but nonetheless just shy of a 10-point lead necessary to steer clear of a riskier run-off with Mesa in December, information from the site of the Supreme Electoral Board showed.

Reporting by Mitra Taj Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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