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Bolivians come out to support Morales’ new bid to extend term limits

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera floated during a Tuesday news conference in La Paz the possibility of a new constituent assembly or referendum, among other means, to enable Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales to stand for another term of office in 2020.

The news conference came as thousands came out in La Paz, many representing Bolivia’s social movements affiliated with Morales’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), to rally in support of another term.

Morales was first elected as president in 2006 and is currently in his third term, scheduled to end in 2020.

 In San Francisco square in the city of La Paz, protesters carried signs that read: “Bolivia said ‘no’!” while others waved around the country’s red, yellow and green flag. Former President Carlos Mesa also took part in the demonstration.
In a referendum last year, 51 percent of voters in Bolivia rejected Morales’ proposal to reform the constitution to end current term limits. At the time, Morales accepted defeat.
Last month, however, the president’s Movement to Socialism (MAS) party asked Bolivia’s highest court to remove legal limits that currently bar officials from seeing re-election indefinitely. The party argued that these limits violate human rights.
The court has until December to rule on the MAS request or extend the deadline for a decision.

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