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Newspapers in London dispatched reporters to the scene and from there the story

quickly spread, even reaching New Zealand.

Such was the press attention that, when the princess came to travel to Southend,
she opted to travel third class in an attempt to slip in unnoticed.

Her plan failed, however, and she soon found herself being quizzed by reporters.

Speaking through an interpreter, she said: "I wish to show my people that you are
fair to all comers, even if they are chocolate-coloured.

"People have told me that only cream-and-pink little English misses can win, and
that your judges have no eye for any other sort.

"I wish to prove them wrong. I have heard that a black baby won a prize in
Southend, and I feel sure that they will be kind to us all alike."

At a time when black people were rarely seen outside the main cities - and racist
attitudes were legal - the thought of a black woman entering the local beauty
contest was too much for some.
Image captionPrincess Dinubolu was advised not to enter because of 'local prejudice',
according to the Sheffield Daily Telegraph

Indeed the story about the black child winning a beautiful baby competition in the
town was true. The Kursaal's manager - a Mr Bacon - complained he had been
"absolutely mobbed" by angry residents for weeks after the baby's victory two
years earlier.

Princess Dinubolu's strange story reveals much about the racism and ignorance
that prevailed in much of early 20th Century Britain.

One incident in particular stands out.

When asked by a reporter from the Southend Daily Chronicle to reveal her beauty
tips, the princess reportedly replied: "Ah, you will laugh, for my beauty bath is very
different from that of the English girl.
"For months I have been staying at Yarmouth, as there is such beautiful sand
there, and every morning I am buried to my neck in sand.

"Nothing makes the skin so velvety; the belles of my own country believe very
much in sand baths."

Nobody doubted her tale. In fact newspapers vented their shock that nobody in
Great Yarmouth had spotted a woman's head sticking out of the sand.

The president, who was first elected in 2006, has denied any wrongdoing and
ignored calls to resign.

"The candidacies must be secondary; what comes first is to pacify Bolivia," he told
a local radio station.

In his announcement on Sunday, he also said the country's electoral body would
be overhauled before the poll, with parliament choosing its members.

Mr Morales, who is Bolivia's first indigenous president, told reporters that he had
made the decision "to reduce all tension".

What did the OAS say?

In its preliminary report on Saturday, the OAS said it had found "clear
manipulations" of Bolivia's voting system and it could not verify the result of the 20
October race.
Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionProtesters marched in La Paz on
Saturday with a sign reading: "Resistance against the dictatorship"

During the audit, it said it found physical records with alterations and forged
signatures, and evidence of wide-scale data manipulation.

The international body concluded it was unlikely that Mr Morales had won by the
10% margin required for a victory. It recommended that a new electoral
commission be set up before a fresh election could take place.

For many, this will be seen as a climb-down after weeks of unrest. Evo Morales's
position was looking increasingly untenable over the weekend, with police units in
several cities joining protests against the government.

Now he's reacted to the report by the OAS, it seems he's prepared to make some
concessions. But for many others, it won't be enough to quell the anger.
In his press conference he said there would be new elections but didn't give any
detail as to when. Plenty of people doubt his intentions to move the country forward
in a democratic manner.

And many in the opposition won't accept Mr Morales as a candidate. He's been
accused of rigging the vote the first time, and his critics don't believe clean
elections are possible if he is running again.

Why has there been opposition to the election result?

Bolivia has been rattled by protests, strikes and road blocks since the night of the
At least three people have died during clashes. The mayor of a small town was
also attacked by protesters earlier this week, who dragged her through the
streets barefoot, covered her in red paint and forcibly cut her hair.

Tensions first flared after the results count was inexplicably paused for 24 hours.

The final result gave Mr Morales slightly more than the 10% lead he needed to win
outright, giving him a fourth consecutive term.