Evo aspires to eternity


"It's too much" of Evo in power. With that motto the main opposition candidate, Carlos Mesa, tries to recover "the Quechua throne." Bolivians choose today at the polls if Evo Morales will rule for two decades – he has been 14 and would stay six more – or put an end to an era. Seven million Andean elect their president today and renew the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

In 2006, Morales became the first indigenous president in Bolivia, and has become the president with more years in the power of history in that Andean country. He aspires to a fourth consecutive term until 2025, and as a letter in his favor he wields one of the highest economic growth in the continent. The country has grown at an average of 4% in these years, according to the IMF.

His rival Mesa, an intellectual who was vice president between 2003 and 2005, is now running as the moderate option although perhaps too European if we consider that Bolivia is the country with the largest indigenous population on the planet. For many, Mesa represents the return to a past run by elites and for others it is the hope of a middle class that fears that Evo Morales will continue to embrace more and more power. Writer, journalist and historian, rather than politician, Mesa is the only candidate with options to reach a second round in December. According to the latest polls Morales collects 33% of the votes against the 26% of Mesa, the gap between the two candidates has narrowed just one point since last August.

The Bolivian economic model draws heavily on the benefits of public gas sales to neighboring countries. The bonanza has been achieved by a growth in the economy that has exceeded 4% at some times. That combined with some clearly nationalizing and statist measures. One of Evo's first decisions was to expropriate companies. The Bolivian president who based his speech on social justice to end historical discrimination against indigenous people, peasants and the most disadvantaged, is also a representative of the so-called 21st Century Socialism that has spread throughout South America since the 2000s. It was an extension of the Bolivarian left represented by Hugo Chavez. Evo returns to appear after his constitutional reform that eliminated the limits to re-election was rejected in a referendum. However, he sought a subterfuge in human rights to reappear. The Constitutional Court, similar to the president, gave the green light to the maneuver. A movement already used by Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. If Evo and Cristina are imposed on 27-O, the continent will swing to the left again.

. (tagsToTranslate) angel tailor


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