Al Jazeera: Bolivia assembly backs constitution

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Al Jazeera English
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2007
18:48 MECCA TIME, 15:48 GMT

Bolivia’s national assembly has approved a new constitution which would give the country’s indigenous people greater autonomy and let the president run for re-election indefinitely.

The vote on Sunday, after a 15-hour session, was boycotted by Bolivia’s main opposition party.

After the document was approved, Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, called it “a great happiness for the indigenous and popular movement”.

However, opposition is stiff in the country’s low-lying and richer eastern states where protests and strikes have been staged.

Only 153 of the assembly’s 255 delegates – most from the ruling Movement Toward Socialism party (MAS) – joined the session.

Seven delegates from the National Unity party were almost the only opposition presence.

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h/t: ICH

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