Morales Closes In on 2nd Term
Posted on Dec 6, 2009
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, opinion polls running heavily in his favor, appeared headed for a second five-year stint as president as voting wrapped up Sunday. The “peasant president” commands wide support among the country’s poor indigenous people—65 percent of the population. —JCL
Bolivians are electing a new president, with opinion polls tipping Evo Morales for a second five-year term.
Bolivia’s first indigenous president wants to expand state control over the economy and redistribute profits from the gas industry, if re-elected.
His support base is chiefly among poor indigenous people who account for some 65% of the population - in contrast to his main conservative challengers.
A referendum earlier backed changes to allow presidents to seek a second term.
AP / Juan Karita
Foes have accused Morales of having “totalitarian” ambitions.