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Bolivia`s ruling party, opposition agree to referendum on constitution

Posted by seumasach on October 22, 2008

 

The legislators said they had reached an important agreement to answer the Bolivian people, who had been assembling at the Murillo Square in La Paz since Monday morning
22nd October, 2008
LIMA, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — Bolivia’s ruling party and opposition reached an agreement Monday to call a referendum on a new constitution after several days of dialogue, according to news reports reaching here from La Paz, administrative capital of Bolivia.

The agreement sets the date of the referendum on Jan. 25, 2009, and sometime in December 2009 for the legislative and presidential elections, said Senator Felix Rojas from the ruling party Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). Rojas announced the agreement Monday with Senator Luis Vasquez from the opposition Social Democratic Power (Podemos).

The legislators said they had reached an important agreement to answer the Bolivian people, who had been assembling at the Murillo Square in La Paz since Monday morning.

It was reported that congressmen from the opposition party dropped their protest after President Evo Morales agreed to limit himself to running for one more term in office.

Vasquez said the agreement will prevent Morales from prolonging his control of power.

Essential issues had been resolved, contributing to the pacification of the country and avoiding clashes, Vasquez was quoted as saying.

The constitution proposed by Morales, which was approved by parliament late last year, is expected to give the country’s indigenous more rights and financial benefits.

However, the opposition was vehemently against a referendum needed to turn the draft constitution into law, saying the document does not meet their demand for greater autonomy in the opposition-controlled eastern provinces.

 
 
 

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