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Supporters of Evo Morales gather to push fourth term re-election

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 00:59

Thousands of ruling party supporters turned out in western Bolivia on Saturday (January 14) to push for the re-election of Bolivian President Evo Morales to a fourth term. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Thousands of ruling party supporters turned out in western Bolivia on Saturday (January 14) to push for the re-election of Bolivian President Evo Morales to a fourth term. Supporters waved signs and flags as they listened to a stream of Movement to Socialism (MAS) party loyalists come on stage to rally the crowd. Last February, Morales acknowledged defeat in a referendum that would have cleared the way for him to run for a fourth term in 2019. The leftist, who was first elected in 2006 and is now in his third term, had tried to persuade Bolivians that the constitution should be changed to allow him another run for the presidency. In December, MAS called for the referendum results to be nullified. In Bolivia, one-time coca grower Morales has spent a natural gas windfall on welfare programs and infrastructure. The once marginalised indigenous Aymara, to which he belongs, have particularly benefited. The president blamed the referendum loss on discrimination and a smear campaign or "dirty war" by the right-wing opposition.

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Supporters of Evo Morales gather to push fourth term re-election

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 00:59