Stalled Morales puts faith in referendum

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Rory Carroll Latin America correspondent
The Guardian
Saturday May 10 2008

Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, is to attempt to revive his faltering efforts to transform South America’s poorest country by gambling his presidency in a recall vote.

Morales agreed on Thursday to hold a nationwide recall referendum within three months, in a risky attempt to break the political deadlock over reforms designed to favour Bolivia’s impoverished indigenous population.

“If we politicians can’t agree, it’s best that the population decide our destiny,” he said in a nationally televised address.

The measure will also require the vice-president and Bolivia’s nine state governors to face the voters, a crucial test for the government and the opposition in a polarised country.


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