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Bolivia’s Morales launches re-election campaign

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 19, 2019 13:06

Bolivia’s Morales launches re-election campaign

Bolivia’s incumbent President Evo Morales kicked off his election campaign for a fourth term in Chimore, amidst opposition to his reelection in the South American nation. Morales’ own 2009 constitution set a limit of two five-year terms, but he asked voters in a 2016 referendum to let him run again in 2019. When they said ‘no’, Morales convinced the Constitutional Court to let him anyway. The court, consisting of jurists nominated by congressional allies, ruled that term limits were a violation of his human rights.The opposition have accused Morales of looking to turn Bolivia into Venezuela with an extended hold over the presidency. On Saturday (May 18), Morales warned that an opposition win in Bolivia could see the return of a U.S. military base in the country. The leftist 59-year-old former coca farmer has presided over an economy that has grown by an annual average of 4.6 percent since he took office, more than twice the rate for Latin America.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 19, 2019 13:06

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