LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales launched his campaign for a fourth term on Saturday in a remote coca-growing valley without addressing the biggest controversy in his bid – the fact that he is running at all.
Morales, who became the country’s first indigenous president in 2006, is defying constitutional term limits. In 2016, voters rejected his proposal to amend the constitution to let him seek another five-year term this year. He later won a court ruling allowing him to run on the grounds that barring him would violate human rights.
Speaking before tens of thousands of people in the province of Chapare – where he first entered politics as a leader of coca farmers – Morales promised on Saturday to bring factories to rural areas and tap the country’s potential as a major lithium producer.
“We’re better than before, sisters and brothers,” Morales told the cheering crowd in a televised speech.
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Update #1: Morales launches his presidential campaign for a fourth five-year term (Merco Press)
Update #2: Bolivia’s Morales begins bid for 4th term despite complaints (FOX News/AP)
WNU Editor: Bolivian President Evo Morales counters those who say he is violating the constitution by saying that the court gave him permission to run. Of course he does not say that he stacked the court with his supporters that gave him this ruling. Bolivian President Evo Morales is an authoritarian like Venezuela’s Maduro or Nicaragua’s Ortega. They enjoy their positions of power, and they are not going to give it up, constitution or not.