Bolivian personality ‘hopeful’ over tenure bid

Media captionVoters went to a polls to confirm if President Morales can stay in energy for a fourth term

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has pronounced he is still carefree he can win a referendum that would concede him to mount for a fourth tenure in office.

With 82% of a votes counted, those against to a due inherent amendment were heading by 8.4 commission points.

Mr Morales pronounced a votes were still trickling in from a countryside, where he enjoys larger support.

Observers pronounced count was delayed though that there was no justification of fraud.

Mr Morales, Bolivia’s initial conduct of state of inland origin, pronounced he would honour a outcome of Sunday’s referendum though indicted worried sectors of waging a “dirty war”.

An inland Aymara and former coca root producer, he took bureau in Jan 2006, and his stream tenure ends in 2020.

The inherent change would concede Mr Morales to run for re-election in 2019 and potentially sojourn in energy until 2025.

The boss urged all groups to have “serenity and responsibility” while they wait for a central results, and pronounced he was “optimistic” that a votes from farming areas would give him a boost.

“They do not like us most in a city,” he told a press discussion on Monday.

Officials have not pronounced when a final central formula will be announced.

Pollsters suggested a feat for a “No” stay formed on unaccepted discerning counts, call celebrations by “No” campaigners in several Bolivian cities.

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Mr Morales pronounced that “life will go on” if he loses a referendum

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Graffiti reads “Of Course Not” in El Alto, Bolivia’s second largest city, in antithesis to Mr Morales’s bid for a fourth term

Mr Morales is still a renouned personality and a economy has grown usually over a past decade.

But many – specifically in a categorical cities – consider Mr Morales should not be authorised to offer 19 uninterrupted years as president, analysts say.

Opposition personality Samuel Doria Medina urged Mr Morales to “recognise a results” and concentration on elucidate Bolivia’s problems in his remaining time in bureau instead of perplexing to run for another term.

Evo Morales in office

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Evo Morales waves to supporters in Oruro in Oct 2005 during his presidential campaign

  1. First inaugurated boss in 2005: Began by renationalising a country’s oil and gas industries and boosting amicable spending. Won a referendum in Aug 2008 on either he should stay in office, and afterwards a few months after a referendum authorized his skeleton for a new constitution
  2. Re-elected in 2009: His second tenure followed a landslide win, and Mr Morales continued to pursue severe policies
  3. Again re-elected in 2014: He was means to run again notwithstanding a 2009 structure tying presidents to dual uninterrupted terms in office. The Constitutional Court ruled his initial tenure should not count since it had not taken place underneath a new constitution. His stream terms ends in 2020
  4. Another run in 2019? A win in Sunday’s referendum would let him mount again, and potentially offer until 2025

‘Life will go on’

Mr Morales also pronounced that “life will go on” if he loses his bid.

“With my record, we can leave happily and go home content. we would adore to be a sports trainer,” he was quoted as observant in an interview (in Spanish) with a Spanish journal El Pais.

Observers contend there is no transparent inheritor to him if he fails in a referendum, and that a antithesis lacks a singular leader.

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Observers have called a counting routine slow

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Voting in La Paz and elsewhere was mostly peaceful

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Some 6.5m electorate were authorised to opinion in Sunday’s referendum

Despite a dump in a general cost of oil and healthy gas, a Bolivian economy has achieved good in a past 10 years, flourishing on normal 5% a year.

The government’s revolutionary policies have also been successful in shortening impassioned poverty.

But new allegations that Mr Morales used his change to foster a Chinese construction organisation in Bolivia have shop-worn his capitulation ratings.

A former partner of Mr Morales, Gabriela Zapata, binds an critical position in a company, CAMC, that has cumulative some-more than $500m (£350m) in contracts with a Bolivian government.

Mr Morales deserted a allegations and pronounced he had zero to hide. He systematic an review into how a contracts were awarded.