Bolivian Leftist Morales’ landslide election victory

This video from Democracy NOW! in the USA is called “Welcome to the Axis of Evil” -Pres. of Bolivia-1/2.

Part 2 of this interview with President Evo Morales is here.

From British daily The Guardian:

Evo Morales wins landslide victory in Bolivian presidential elections

Morales supporters celebrate in La Paz as rival candidates concede defeat

* Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent, and Andres Schipani in La Paz

*Monday 7 December 2009 07.51 GMT

President Evo Morales won a landslide victory in Bolivian elections yesterday bolstering his efforts to empower the country’s indigenous majority under a socialist banner.

Exit polls and an unofficial count gave the country’s first indigenous president an unassailable lead, prompting rival candidates to concede and supporters to celebrate in the capital La Paz.

“This process of change has prevailed,” Morales told a cheering throng from the balcony of the presidential palace. He said the result, following a tumultuous first term that wrought sweeping changes over the Andean country, was a mandate for further transformation.

Opponents said the charismatic Aymara leader would become more radical and polarising and usher in an authoritarian personality cult.

Based on a count of 91% of votes, the polling firm Equipos-Mori gave Morales 63% of ballots, way ahead of a crowded field of nine candidates. His Movement Toward Socialism party won control of both chambers of congress, though in the lower house it was expected to fall just short of a two-thirds majority needed for constitutional changes.

Aymara and Quechua Indians queued from early morning to vote for the former llama herder who has nationalised key sectors of the economy, boosted social spending and clashed with the United States.

Bolivia’s transformation was irreversible and redressed a historic injustice, said Fidel Surco, an indigenous leader and senate candidate for Morales’ Movement Toward Socialism party.

“There is no way back, this is our time, the awakening of the indigenous people. We’ll keep fighting till the end. Brother Evo Morales still has lots to do, one cannot think that four years are enough after 500 years of submission and oppression.”

As well as pensions and subsidies to slums and impoverished rural highlands, the government has championed indigenous languages and traditional community justice, a “refounding” of the state cemented in a constitutional overhaul earlier this year.

“The decision is for change,” Morales said after voting in the central coca-growing region of Chapare.

Inequality and poverty remain extreme, and land redistribution has been cautious, but indigenous voters backed Morales, 50, as an agent of transformation, said Mario Galindo, an analyst with the CEBEM thinktank.

The three political parties that ruled Bolivia for decades were all but wiped out. Within hours of polling stations closing, rival candidates had accepted defeat.

Manfred Reyes, a former army captain and state governor, came second with 27%, and Samuel Doria Medina, a cement magnate, came third with 6%, according to exit polls.

See also here. And here. And here.

The US authorities continue to harbour Branko Marinkovic, a leader of the Bolivian right-wing opposition accused of financing a terrorist cell to assassinate Bolivian President Evo Morales: here.

11 thoughts on “Bolivian Leftist Morales’ landslide election victory

  1. Morales savours second term

    Bolivia: Indigenous elders proclaimed President Evo Morales as the people’s spiritual guide during an Andean ceremony on Thursday in the Tiwanaku citadel, one day before his inauguration for a further five-year term in office.

    Addressing some 50,000 people, Mr Morales said that the ritual Tiahuanaco act for his second term signifies the “destruction of the old colonial state and the implementation of a new country.

    “We witnessed the death of a discriminatory and colonial state that stole our national resources and saw the native organisations as tribes and as animals,” he declared.


  2. Morales: Workers must organise

    Bolivia: President Evo Morales has urged workers to organise and unionise “to work together to resolve problems at work.”

    Mr Morales, who worked as a baker, labourer and coca farmer before being elected president in 2005 – and continues to lead Bolivia’s coca farmers’ union – related that “the struggles of workers were taught in my school where I learned how to find solutions to difficulties.”

    The president pledged to work with the country’s COB union confederation to improve wages and social security benefits, but added that unions should also realise the “limits of the state’s possibilities” when making demands.


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