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Bolivia: Thousands attend Pres. Morales's pre-election rally in Santa Cruz01:44

Bolivia: Thousands attend Pres. Morales's pre-election rally in Santa Cruz

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Santa Cruz
August 3, 2019 at 13:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Bolivia: Thousands attend Pres. Morales's pre-election rally in Santa Cruz

Thousands of people attended Bolivian President Evo Morales's pre-campaign rally in the eastern city of Santa Cruz on Friday.

The rally was held in support of Morales's Movement for Socialism-Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (MAS-IPSP/MAS) party in Santa Cruz, which is considered to be an opposition stronghold.

During the rally, Morales said that he had high expectations for the upcoming general elections on October 20. Addressing the crowds, the Bolivian president said, "In the last election, more than three million Bolivians voted, and now in these elections we expect more than four million Bolivians to vote for the Movement for Socialism-Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples [MAS-IPSP/MAS]."

The rally was reportedly organised by the local labour union federation and took place as Bolivia marked the Day of the Agrarian, Productive and Community Revolution, which also falls on the anniversary of Morales's agrarian reforms.

Morales has been in office since 2006 and was initially constitutionally prevented from running for office for a fourth term in 2019. Morales's government staged a referendum in 2016 on whether he should be allowed to run in 2019 which he narrowly lost.

However the President's MAS party nominated him as their candidate anyway and a ruling by Bolivia's highest court in December 2017 subsequently eliminated all term limits on public office.

Bolivia: Thousands attend Pres. Morales's pre-election rally in Santa Cruz01:44
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Bolivia: Thousands attend Pres. Morales's pre-election rally in Santa Cruz

Thousands of people attended Bolivian President Evo Morales's pre-campaign rally in the eastern city of Santa Cruz on Friday.

The rally was held in support of Morales's Movement for Socialism-Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples (MAS-IPSP/MAS) party in Santa Cruz, which is considered to be an opposition stronghold.

During the rally, Morales said that he had high expectations for the upcoming general elections on October 20. Addressing the crowds, the Bolivian president said, "In the last election, more than three million Bolivians voted, and now in these elections we expect more than four million Bolivians to vote for the Movement for Socialism-Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples [MAS-IPSP/MAS]."

The rally was reportedly organised by the local labour union federation and took place as Bolivia marked the Day of the Agrarian, Productive and Community Revolution, which also falls on the anniversary of Morales's agrarian reforms.

Morales has been in office since 2006 and was initially constitutionally prevented from running for office for a fourth term in 2019. Morales's government staged a referendum in 2016 on whether he should be allowed to run in 2019 which he narrowly lost.

However the President's MAS party nominated him as their candidate anyway and a ruling by Bolivia's highest court in December 2017 subsequently eliminated all term limits on public office.

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