Bolivian voters approve a new constitution

Bolivian voters have approved a new constitution designed to empower the country’s indigenous people, who make up a majority of the Andean nation.

The new constitution also allows president Evo Morales, who was elected in 2005, to run for another five year term. The new document will replace the 1967 charter.

You can find more info in stories from AFP (“Bolivians approve sweeping constitutional reforms,”), the New York Times (“Bolivians Ratify New Constitution“), and CNN (“Bolivian vote on constitution could help president“). Bolivia expert Miguel Centellas has also been blogging on the subject.

I’m interested in Andean politics because I spent 2003 living in Ecuador. And I was in Bolivia during the fall of 2003, when president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (a k a “Goni”), was forced to resign amid the Bolivian gas conflict. (Morales would take office just two years later.)

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