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Morales agrees to 2-term limit in constitution deal

October 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

President Evo Morales agreed to seek only one more five-year term in exchange for Congress calling a Jan. 25 national vote on a new constitution that would empower Bolivia's oppressed indigenous majority.

The agreement, announced by Vice President Alvaro Garcia, came as more than 100,000 of the president's supporters packed the streets of La Paz, the capital, to root for the new charter and urge lawmakers from both parties to wrap up a final edit of the document.

The proposed charter has been widely celebrated by the president's poor, largely Indian supporters but has met fierce resistance from the middle and upper classes in the eastern lowlands, who say it overlooks their demands for greater regional autonomy. Lawmakers continued to debate eastern autonomy.

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