Bolivian President Evo Morales has described protests after a disputed election as an attempted 'coup'.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused his opponents of trying to stage a coup against him after a disputed election that he claims he won outright,
The official vote count late on Wednesday had him with a 9.87-point lead with just 2.36 per cent of the votes from Sunday's election left to count.
He led former President Carlos Mesa 46.7 per cent to 36.83 per cent.
Authorities said the counting process had been hampered because of attacks on vote-count centres in three regions.
International vote monitors expressed concern at an unexplained daylong gap in reporting results before a sudden spurt in Morales' vote percentage.
Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, repeated his claim that he won outright and said his opponents were conspiring to oust him.
"I want to denounce to the people and the world that a coup d'etat is underway," Morales said at a news conference at which he did not take any questions. "The right-wing has prepared for it with international support."