Bolivian President Jumps On Merkel’s Victory to Push For His Own, Unconstitutional Reelection Bid

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“Sincere congratulations to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, democratically reelected for the fourth consecutive time by its sovereign people,” Morales wrote on Twitter. (Flickr)

Espa√ĪolBolivian President Evo Morales congratulated German¬†Chancellor Angela Merkel on her re-election for the fourth straight term, with obvious allusions to his own attempts to¬†find a way to¬†run again.

“Sincere congratulations to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, democratically reelected for the fourth consecutive time by its sovereign people,” Morales wrote on Twitter. “People are wise, re-election guarantees continuity of projects in the medium and long-term for Germany.”

Morales was obviously taking¬†advantage of the re-election of the¬†Merkel’s win to allude to the possibility of his own reelection amid national debate over whether the constitution is correct in¬†limiting presidents to two¬†terms. His party, Movement to Socialism, has come up with four separate legal paths to the presidency. Currently, it is making use of a lawsuit in¬†the country’s Constitutional Court that claims a two-term limit violates the right of all citizens to be elected without obstacles.

Bolivia’s opposition¬†has said that the case could lead the country down a similar road¬†that Venezuela traveled. Its socialist brother to the north has fallen into economic and political crisis of historic¬†measure, with waves of people fleeing the country from food shortage and violence.

 

Morales was denounced before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States by former President Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga, for attempting to “install a dictatorship” in the country similar to Nicol√°s Maduro’s.

“It can’t be called anything other than a coup,” he said at the time. “Trying to declare the constitution unconstitutional just so that Evo Morales will remain in power.”

Morales¬†began his first term in 2006, the second in 2010 and won a third term in 2015 after his new candidacy was endorsed through a claim that¬†Bolivia was “re-founded” in 2009. If he ran for office in 2019 and won, Morales would rule until 2025.

Sources: El Deber, Eju!, Los Tiempos.