Leftist candidate Herman Siles Zuazo took an early lead Monday in Bolivia's presidential election but the returns indicated that the race would end in a deadlock. If no candidate wins an absolute majority, a new parliament, elected in Sunday's voting, will have to choose the next president.
An official count of 6.6 percent of the ballots gave Mr. Siles Zuazo's Democratic Popular Unity, 33 percent of the vote. Running second was a former military strong man, Gen. Hugo Banzer Suarez of the Nationalist Democratic Alliance, with almost 20 percent of the official tally. Victor Paz Estenssoro, a centrist, and the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement were third.