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Bolivia official vote count hands win to socialist Luis Arce

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Bolivia's official vote count on Friday confirmed a win for socialist Luis Arce, who won 55.10% of the vote with all ballots tallied, followed by Carlos Mesa with 28.83%.

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SANTIAGO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Bolivia's official vote count on Friday confirmed a win for socialist Luis Arce, who won 55.10% of the vote with all ballots tallied, followed by Carlos Mesa with 28.83%.

The result confirms Arce´s more than 20 point lead over his rival 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.

Arce's socialist MAS party has already claimed victory and Mesa conceded the loss on Monday.

(Reporting by Aislinn Laing Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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