More Terms for Bolivia’s Morales?
Via the BBC: Vote may allow Bolivia president to seek re-election
Bolivia’s Congress has voted to amend the constitution to allow the country’s President Evo Morales to run for re-election again in five years’ time.
The vote went through by a two-thirds majority in a congress dominated by his supporters.
He has been in power since 2005, but the amendment discounts his first two terms, as those elections took place under a previous constitution.
The amendment is to go to a national referendum next February.
Without getting into the question of term limits, I must confess: I am not a fan of amending rules as a way of potentially engineering a sitting president a chance to extend time in office. Having said that, there is little doubt that Morales is quite popular:
Mr Morales is one of the most popular presidents in the world, with ratings standing at over 70%.
Morales’ stated goal is to remain in the presidency since 2025–and he has been in office since 2005. Twenty years of the same executive encourages personalism and hampers party development.