Bolivia’s Morales: We won presidential vote in first round

Protesters stand amid tear gas fired by police during a protest against the reelection of President Evo Morales outside the top electoral court during the wait for final results from last weekend’s presidential election in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Morales said Wednesday his opponents are trying to stage a coup against him as protests grow over a disputed election he claims he won outright, while a nearly finished vote count had him teetering on the threshold between getting the win or having to go to a runoff. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Accompanied by Gustavo Pedraza, left, Vice-Presidential candidate of the Comunidad Ciudadana party and Shirley Franco, right, Vice-President candidate of the Bolivia Dijo No party, opposition presidential candidate Carlos Mesa, center, reads a statement from opposition parties in the wake of President Evo Morales’ declaring himself the outright winner of the country’s presidential election, in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Morales victory declaration would give him a fourth straight term, after a vote that has sparked days of protests by both his opponents and supporters over accusations of fraud. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Morales declared himself the winner of the country’s presidential election, saying he received the 10 percentage point lead over his nearest rival needed to win in the first round of voting. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia’s Evo Morales declared himself the outright winner Thursday of an election in which he was seeking a fourth term as president, enraging his opponents who alleged vote fraud and called for further protests to demand a second round of voting.