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November 30, 2017

President to run for fourth consecutive term: Bolivia HC


Evo Morales

On November 29, Bolivia's Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal (TCP) ruled that President Evo Morales may seek a fourth consecutive term as the country's president in the 2019 election.

Nearly two years after Morales campaigned for and lost a closely contested referendum to amend the Bolivian Constitution to allow for indefinite term-limits, this decision was made.

In Bolivia, Morales is the first indigenous president to be elected and has been in power since 2006. So also, it is the second time he has been able to evade the current constitution's express two-term limit, after the passing of a law in 2013 that permitted him to run for a third term.

Quoting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, TCP agreed with the Morales' Movement and stated that barring elected officials from seeking reelection was a human rights violation because it is ultimately an issue for the people to decide.

The ruling of the TCP is final and cannot be appealed. If Morales is able to secure a fourth term, his term will not end until at least 2025.

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