A demonstrator shouts slogans against Morales while waiting for the official results of the referendum outside a vote counting center in La Paz. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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Most polls ahead of the referendum suggested a narrow win was likely, given Morales' solid support among those who credit him with slashing poverty in Bolivia, South America's poorest country when ranked by gross domestic product per capita.But in the end, with more than 99 percent of votes counted, the "no" side had 51.3 percent to the "yes" side's 48.7 percent, Bolivia's electoral commission said.The referendum result prompted celebrations in Santa Cruz, where criticism of Morales has been fiercest, and the "no" vote won by a wider margin.What lies ahead is uncertain, said political analyst Ivan Arias, with no clear anointed successor to Morales nor an opposition alternative.
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