Evo in trouble: Bolivia vote on 4th Morales term leans towards No

Evo Morales is currently serving his third term of president. © David Mercado
Bolivian President Evo Morales remains hopeful for a “Yes” result in the referendum that could extend his presidency another term, even though the “No” side is leading by 8.4 percent with more than 80 percent of the votes counted.

Morales said he is waiting to hear the results of Sunday’s vote from rural areas, which is thought to be a stronghold for the country's first indigenous president.

“They don’t like us much in the city, but the first results give me hope,” he said.

His third term is set to end in 2020, but if the referendum finishes in his favor, he would be able to run for re-election, and potentially take his presidency to 2025.

Morales has said he would respect the final result, but complained of dirty tactics employed by a so-called journalist who is accused of having connections to the US government.

"We are going to respect the results, whether it be a ‘No' or a 'Yes'. We always have respected them. That is democracy,” he said at a press conference on Monday.

Life will go on if he loses the referendum, Morales has said. The 56-year-old would like to be a sports trainer after his political career.