January 26, 2009 |
Voters appeared to have handed Bolivian President Evo Morales a resounding victory Sunday, with exit polls showing they had approved a new constitution that will advance indigenous rights, strengthen state control over natural resources and permit him to seek another term. Morales addressed a cheering crowd in the plaza before the presidential palace here Sunday night to claim victory and declare that "Bolivia has been re-founded" and that "neoliberalism has been defeated."
January 30, 2009 |
The last U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents left Bolivia on Thursday after having been ordered out by President Evo Morales, even as Bolivian police report that coca cultivation and cocaine processing are on the rise. Morales demanded the DEA's exit in November as part of a bitter dispute between U.S. and Bolivian officials that included his expulsion of U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the Bush administration's decertification of Bolivia's anti-drug effort.
March 10, 2009 |
President Evo Morales on Monday ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave the country, alleging he was conspiring with opposition groups. The leftist leader also expelled the U.S. ambassador six months ago. Morales said that "deep investigations" had determined that the U.S. Embassy's second secretary, Francisco Martinez, "was in permanent contact with opposition groups." The U.S.
January 1, 2011 |
Faced with mounting political opposition and the specter of crippling strikes, Bolivian President Evo Morales late Friday night reversed his recent decision to slash gasoline and diesel subsidies, a move that led to a near-doubling of fuel costs. Morales called a New Year's Eve news conference to say he wanted to spare the nation further upheaval after a week of protests that turned violent Thursday. The nation had been bracing for a strike and demonstration Monday by powerful miners unions.
December 10, 2006 |
A dozen South American leaders agreed at a summit held by Bolivian President Evo Morales to create a high-level commission to study the idea of a continentwide community like the European Union.
December 4, 2006 |
President Evo Morales signed into law contracts giving the government control over foreign energy companies' operations, completing a process started on May 1 with the nationalization of Bolivia's petroleum industry. The deals, signed by the companies last month, also grant Morales' government a majority share of the foreign companies' revenue generated in Bolivia.
August 7, 2006 |
Fidel Castro was out of bed and talking after his intestinal surgery, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said as messages wishing the Cuban leader a quick recovery poured in from Latin America's leading leftists. "We have reliable information of your quick and notable recuperation," Chavez said during a televised conversation with Bolivian President Evo Morales. Cuban officials have provided no details or images of Castro since his surgery was announced July 31.
September 9, 2006 |
Opponents of President Evo Morales staged a 24-hour strike in four Bolivian provinces to protest the governing party's handling of an assembly that is rewriting the constitution. Street clashes between strikers and unions aligned with Morales' Movement Toward Socialism party broke out in Santa Cruz and the southern city of Tarija. The strikers say the party is ignoring the provinces' demands for greater autonomy.
June 2, 2008 |
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.
June 23, 2008 |
Natural gas-rich Tarija became the fourth Bolivian province to declare autonomy from the government of leftist President Evo Morales when voters backed greater independence in a referendum, according to two unofficial private projections. Autonomy backers waved the province's flag and celebrated in Tarija's capital of the same name after pollsters released results showing about 80% support. Electoral officials said there would be no final results until Wednesday.