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Bolivia's Morales sworn in for third term in indigenous ceremony

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 00:49

Leaders from Bolivia's indigenous community conduct ceremony to swear in President Evo Morales at the Tiahuanaco ruins. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Bolivian Aymaras inaugurated on Wednesday President Evo Morales to a third term in office in a special indigenous swearing-in ceremony. Indigenous people, politicians and members of social movements gathered at the pre-Incan ruins in Tiahuanaco, 71 kilometers from La Paz, to mark the beginning of Morales' third term in office. Tiahuanaco was chosen for the ceremony because it represents the "roots" of Andean and Amazonian cultures. Some scholars believe the Tiahuanaco Indians were the mother culture of the Americas while others believe the ruins were the site of the capital of an ancient empire that spanned through much of present-day Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Morales, an Aymara Indian and former coca grower who became Bolivia's first indigenous president in 2006, comfortably won the election in October last year with an estimated 60 percent support and he will now lead the country until early 2020. He was sworn in as leader of the indigenous people in Tiahuanaco after undergoing a series of rituals aimed at connecting with sources of energy at the majestic ruins.

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Bolivia's Morales sworn in for third term in indigenous ceremony

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 00:49