Monday, January 26, 2009

Bolivia: Indigenous groups back new constitution

MercoPress reports Bolivian voters approved a new constitution on Sunday to give the indigenous majority more power, let President Evo Morales (first elected indigenous president) run for re-election and give him a tighter control over the economy.

Exit polls showed that indigenous groups in South America's poorest country largely backed the new constitution with an estimated support of 60%.

The new constitution will give the Indigenous majority more seats in Congress and greater clout in the justice system. It also officially recognizes their pre-Columbian spiritual traditions and promotes their languages.

"A new country is being founded for all Bolivians" Morales told a cheering crowd in front of the presidential palace in La Paz on Sunday night.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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