Monday, January 26, 2009

Bolivians back Morales Charter - Reuters

Jan 26 - Bolivian President Evo Morales appears before a crowd of supporters to claim victory in a controversial election that grants him the right to run for re-election

Bolivian voters approved a new constitution to give the poor indigenous majority more power, let socialist President Evo Morales run for re-election and hand him even tighter control over the economy.

Aymara, Quechua, Guarani and other indigenous groups who suffered centuries of discrimination in South America's poorest country largely backed the new constitution and exit polls showed it was approved with around 60 percent support.

Penny Tweedie reports.