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Regions' plans for autonomy OKd

June 02, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Voters in eastern Bolivia overwhelmingly endorsed plans for more autonomy for their regions in two referendums fiercely opposed by leftist President Evo Morales.

Hundreds of people celebrated in the capitals of Beni and Pando provinces, waving flags and shouting slogans.

The referendums in the sparsely populated Beni and Pando regions follow an overwhelming "yes" vote for autonomy in the nation's wealthiest province, Santa Cruz.

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