An electoral court representative holds up a marked ballot, during a referendum vote count, in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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The government of Evo Morales urged patience following a referendum that would allow the Bolivian president to seek a fourth term, saying the results were tied despite media projections to the contrary.Morales lost the referendum vote 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent, according to unofficial figures cited on private ATB television.Garcia said that the rural vote -- where Morales has most support -- still needs to be counted, as do votes cast by Bolivians living abroad.Morales had said he expected to see 70 percent in support of his bid, so a loss would be the worst -- and first -- national political defeat for Morales, who has led the landlocked Andean nation since 2006 .Last month, Morales became the longest serving president since Bolivia's independence from Spain in 1825 -- a rare accomplishment in a country known for military coups and shaky, short-lived governments.Now 56, Morales is also Bolivia's first democratically elected president of indigenous heritage.
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