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Bolivia: Morales Tries to Thwart Democracy, Run Again in 2019

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 26, 2016, 5:20 pm
Morales' MAS Party is trying to thwart the will of the Bolivian people in order to run him again (
Morales’ MAS Party is trying to thwart the will of the Bolivian people in order to run him again (Radio U Chile).

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The Bolivian government is insistent upon running Evo Morales as a candidate again in the next presidential election, despite the rejection of Morales’ reelection bid in a national referendum. Social sectors allied with Morales’ Movement to Socialism (MAS) party will open up offensives on two fronts.

The measure was approved by MAS delegates during party’s national convention held just over a week ago.

The first strategic activity will take place on January 7, in a town hall where the Confederation of Neighborhood Juntas (Conaljuve) will launch the effort to collect signatures for the popular initiative, while the second front will be through the social sectors related to MAS, who will ask the current head of state to resign from office in order to qualify for the ballot in the next elections.

According to an article in the daily El Deber, the plan of the ruling party is that affiliated social organizations ask the head of state to resign from office with more than six months remaining in his term in order to qualify for the 2019 elections.

Bolivians in favor of the reelection of Evo Morales will start collecting signatures to obtain 20% of the eligible voters in the entire country. They estimate that they will need to collect 60,000 signatures of people older than 18 in each region.

Morales, who said he would not change Article 168 of the Constitution to be a candidate in presidential elections for the presidential term 2020-2025, could resort to other methods to achieve reelection without technically breaking that promise.

Morales has already managed to bypass the article of the constitution that indicates that a president can not be reelected more than twice. He could now opt not only for the partial reform of the constitution that he promised not to change, but also for resignation of the presidency as a strategy to run for the 2020-2025 presidential term.

It should be noted that the Bolivian leader lost a referendum in February, in which the Bolivian population rejected amending the Constitution in order to allow for a third reelection bid.

Source: El Deber

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Six Decapitated Heads Found in Mexico on Christmas Day

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Dec 26, 2016, 3:18 pm
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EspañolSix decapitated heads were found in Mexico on Christmas day, in the municipality of La Piedad. Officials in the Attorney General's Office said the heads were found at approximately 8:30 a.m., and that the crime was most likely carried out by organized crime cells operating in the area. The victims have not yet been identified, the crime report said. The heads were transferred to the Forensic Medical Service for analysis. The Ministry of Public Security has reportedly expanded the investigation. Police Chief Juan Bernardo Corona said to expect driving checkpoints that include physical searches and criminal background checks. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The representative of the police institution also stated that the extra police involved in the search began as soon as the human remains were found and noted that security was heightened at the border of the state of Jalisco. A similar crime was reported last December 2, when two human heads were found. Source: Proceso

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