Bolivia election: Leaders congratulate Morales on 'win'

Elections are a good way to gauge the health of democracy of a country. Bolivia's an interesting case. A popular candidate from the disadvantaged indigenous community rose to the presidency. Yet this is Evo Morales's third time running, and not without his share of criticism. I wish I knew more of the country, to comment in detail.

Evo Morales became the first indigenous president in 2006 and is even more popular now, and not only among his Aymara ethnic group.

He won the trust of many thanks to Bolivia's good economic performance. Supermarkets, cinemas and restaurants are popping up everywhere.

The new cable car in La Paz is perhaps the best example of the changing times in Bolivia, which remains one of the poorest countries in the region.

It connects La Paz with the satellite city of El Alto, home to thousands of migrants. There, a monument to Che Guevara sits next to a brand new shopping centre, surrounded by thousands of poorly built stalls selling counterfeit products.

Mr Morales's critics have accused him of using millions of dollars in government cash to fund his re-election campaign and say that this has helped create a fractured opposition.

They say he has also introduced measures which are harmful to the environment.