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Evo Morales' party suffers setbacks, loses capital in local, regional elections in Bolivia

  • Aymara women walk to a polling station during regional elections in Batallas, Bolivia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The political hegemony of Bolivia's ruling party is being put to the test Sunday as Bolivians head to the polls to vote in regional elections that will include electing governors, mayors and legislators. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Aymara women walk to a polling station during regional elections in Batallas, Bolivia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The political hegemony of Bolivia's ruling party is being put to the test Sunday as Bolivians head to the polls to vote in regional elections that will include electing governors, mayors and legislators. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)  (The Associated Press)

  • A poll worker marks votes cast in regional elections, after the polls closed in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The political hegemony of Bolivia's ruling party is being put to the test Sunday as Bolivians head to the polls to vote in regional elections that will include electing governors, mayors and legislators. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    A poll worker marks votes cast in regional elections, after the polls closed in La Paz, Bolivia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The political hegemony of Bolivia's ruling party is being put to the test Sunday as Bolivians head to the polls to vote in regional elections that will include electing governors, mayors and legislators. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)  (The Associated Press)

  • Penitents from the La Paz brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Penitents from the La Paz brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)  (The Associated Press)

President Evo Morales' governing party has suffered serious setbacks in local and regional elections in Bolivia, with unofficial results showing it losing the capital of La Paz and several key governorships.

Unofficial quick count results of Sunday's vote compiled for three broadcast networks showed Morales Movement Toward Socialism absorbing the biggest blow in La Paz, where it lost the regional governor's office as well as the mayor's seat in El Alto, the capital's poorer sister city.

The capital's opposition mayor was re-elected.

Of Bolivia's three most important governorships, a ruling party candidate only won one — Cochabamba.

Morales won re-election to a third term in October with 61 percent of the vote. But his party is less popular than Bolivia's first indigenous president and has been beset by corruption scandals.