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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Luis Arce, one of Evo Morales' close confidants, is expected to win back the presidency of Bolivia for his former left-wing governing party MAS.

The Bolivian economist remained at Morales' side during his almost 14-year term in office, from the first to the last day as Minister of Economy. Only a serious illness had forced him to leave the cabinet once in a while. Morales personally announced Arces' candidacy for the presidential elections on May 3rd over the weekend at a hotel in Buenos Aires, where he has been staying in asylum since December . . .

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