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  Bolivia's President Evo Morales can seek third term
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 30, 2013 07:16am
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News DateTuesday, April 30, 2013 01:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBolivia's Constitutional Court has ruled that President Evo Morales can run for a third term in elections scheduled for December 2014.

Under Bolivia's constitution, presidents are only allowed to serve two consecutive terms.

But the court argued that Mr Morales's first term should not count because it predated the current constitution, which was amended in 2009.

Critics said the ruling showed that the court was controlled by the government.

Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, came to power in elections in 2005. His first term in office would have run from 2006 to 2011.

But in 2009 he cut the term short, calling for a referendum on a new constitution and early elections.

Voters approved the new constitution and re-elected him by a landslide.
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