Luis Arce wins Bolivian presidential election with 55.1% votes

Bolivia's official vote count on Friday confirmed a win for socialist Luis Arce, who won with 55.1 percent of the votes with all ballots tallied, followed by Carlos Mesa with 28.8 percent.

Luis Arce, the presidential candidate of the Movement to Socialism party, during an interview with Reuters in La Paz, Bolivia, October 20, 2020. (Photo from CGTN)

The result confirms Arce exceeded the required 20 percentage-point lead for an outright win that several unofficial vote counts had already indicated, and marks a return to the left for Bolivia from the present conservative caretaker government that stepped in after long-term leader Evo Morales was ousted last year.