Bolivians vote on fourth term for President Morales..he lost
Bolivians voted Sunday in a referendum to amend the constitution and allow their popular indigenous president Evo Morales a chance to run for a fourth term in 2019.
Morales has been president since 2006. Bolivian law states a president can run for two consecutive terms, but the Constitutional Court ruled he could run for a third term in 2013, as his first term took place before the constitution was created in 2009.
6.5 million Bolivians will take part in mandatory voting, with final polling showing both sides at about 40 percent.
The No side gained recently in the wake of corruption allegations by a “journalist” who the Morales government saysworked for Bolivia’s intelligence service when the country was closely aligned with the US.
Morales is longest-serving and first indigenous president of Bolivia.
The 56-year-old has steered Bolivia into strong economic growth by taking income from oil and natural gas and channeling it into welfare programs.
While Bolivia remains poor, poverty has dropped from 60 percent in 2006 to 40 percent in 2013. Bolivia has annual average economic growth of 5 percent, the highest in South America.
Like many of his South American colleagues, Morales is know for standing up to imperialism and maintains his presidency allowed Bolivia to develop and resist influence from other nations.
“Here we never had political stability … There was always coup after coup. In order to dominate us from abroad, they divided us politically so they could take our natural resources,” he told the Observer.
Partial results indicate that Bolivia’s President Evo Morales of Bolivia has lost a referendum to allow him to stand for a fourth term in office.
With more than 70% of the votes counted, those opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment are leading by more than 10 percentage points.
Mr Morales is Bolivia’s first head of state of indigenous origin.
He said he would respect the result but accused right-wing sectors of waging a “dirty war”.
An indigenous Aymara and former coca leaf producer, Mr Morales took office in January 2006. His current term ends in 2020.
The constitutional change would have let Mr Morales run for re-election in 2019 and potentially remain in power until 2025.
Opposition supporters have welcomed the referendum result.
“We need to wait with serenity for the final results. It’s not time to begin partying yet,” said Mr Morales.
“Life goes on and our struggle and efforts [to improve the country] will continue”, he added.
“The constitutional change would have let Mr Morales run for re-election in 2019 and potentially remain in power until 2025.”
the highly “progressive” evo morales shouldnt even be thinking of taking dictator powers..nobody is irreplaceable..
“He said he would respect the result but accused right-wing sectors of waging a “dirty war”.”
left wing sectors never play by those rules eh? 🙂