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Bolivian President Proposes Eliminating Pesky “Western Democracy” Blocking His Illegal Reelection Bid

By: Karina Martín - Nov 10, 2017, 1:51 pm
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Morales explained that he considers majorities and minorities a problem, because one group always ends up “resentful, even though most of them are in the right.” (Youtube)

Español Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized “western democracy” this week during a speech, and talked about the possibility of replacing it with a “communal democracy.”

Morales explained that he considers majorities and minorities a problem, because one group always ends up “resentful, even though most of them are in the right.”

He said the country would be better off without voting systems in place, but rather a system in which a unanimous consensus is reached, as is the practice in rural areas of the country, where an election must be won with 50 or 60 percent of the vote. However, Morales acknowledged there are a lot of obstacles to fulfilling such a dream.

Morales made the comments during his criticisms of the opposition, claiming that they have no moral ground to stand on for accusing him of trying to remain in power without term limits. He spoke about former President Hugo Banzer Suárez, who created a law establishing a dictatorship until 1980 that violated the Constitution.

Despite these criticisms, Morales continues to push for unconstitutional reelection with the support of his Movement to Socialism party.

Morales began his first term in 2006, the second in 2010 and won a third term in 2015. Now, he wants to run again, despite laws established in the constitution saying he can’t. In February 2016, a popular referendum resulted in an overwhelming disapproval of Morales’ reelection campaign.

The issue has sparked controversy and criticism even at the international level. The attempt to “install a dictatorship” has been denounced by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States.

Morales has made use of the same political discourse as the dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela, and he could follow that path by not allowing for a change of power.

“Power doesn’t last forever, we must respect the minimum institutionalization and constitutional order,” opposition Deputy Bernard Gutierrez said.

According to a survey by pollster Ipsos last October, 68 percent of the country is against Morales running for a fourth consecutive term. Still, Morales maintained that what the people say doesn’t matter. “This process is irreversible.”

Morales’ Twitter history with Banzer’s dictatorship

Sources: El Deber, Los Tiempos, La Razón, Correo del Sur, Página Siete, Voanoticias.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.