Evo Morales can run a third term in 2014 presidential elections, constitutional court rules

Evo Morales

Evo Morales can run a third term in next year's Bolivian presidential elections, the country’s constitutional court has ruled.

Bolivian presidents are only allowed to serve two consecutive terms according to the Constitution in South America’s poorest nation.

But the court argued that Morales's first term should not count because it predated the current constitution, amended in 2009, the BBC wrote.

Morales, 53, the first indigenous president of Bolivia, came to power in elections in 2005.

His first term in office would have run from 2006 to 2011. Meanwhile, his current term began in 2010 and was to run until 2015.

Critics said the ruling showed that the court was controlled by the government.

Morales would get 41 percent of the vote if the election were held today, according to a poll released last weekend, cited by PressTV.

His closest rival, Samuel Doria Medina, would get 17 percent.

During his years as president, Morales has nationalized private companies, seeking to increase state control over the country’s economy.

He also pushed for the formation of a new Constitution.



The Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia

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Translation to English titled "The Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia" available for purchase on February 6th, 2013, at 6 pm (EST) on all major online book retailers in printed version shipped to anywhere in the world and also in Kindle Edition to be read on any tablet (THERE COULD BE EARLY RELEASES WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED).

The Bolivian law defines Mother Earth as "a collective subject of public interest," and declares both Mother Earth and the life systems (which combine human communities and ecosytems) as titleholders of inherent rights specified in the law.

The translation was conducted by Bolivian attorney and legal translator Luis Francisco Valle Velasco and includes the Bolivian norms: Law of the Rights of Mother Earth No. 071; and the Framework Law of Mother Earth and Integral Development for Living Well No. 300.


The Translation Includes the Law of Mother Earth and its Framework Law - 104 Pages Total