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Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference in the city of Sucre, Bolivia, July 8, 2014. / epa

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivian President Evo Morales' candidacy for a third consecutive term is now official.

Bolivia's electoral council announced Monday that the Andean nation's first indigenous president will be on the Oct. 12 ballot.

The 54-year-old coca growers' union leader is heavily favored to win.

Bolivia's new constitution, ratified in 2009, sets a two-term limit for presidents, but the country's Supreme Court ruled last year that Morales' initial 2006-2009 term was exempt.

The main opposition candidate is currently cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, who got less than 10 percent of the votes in the last three presidential elections.



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