[Marxism] Bolivia

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Tue Jan 17 07:11:34 MST 2006

Louis Proyect quoted:

"Tens of thousands of mainly indigenous protesters have descended on La Paz
calling for the gas industry, the chief source of wealth, to be
nationalised.They also want the constitution to be rewritten."

CB: What's Morales' position on rewriting the Constitution , a truly
bourgeois democratic task ?


Bolivia winner prepares for power  
Evo Morales is Bolivia's first indigenous leader 
The socialist president-elect of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has met the outgoing
President, Eduardo Rodriguez, to plan the transition of power. 
Fellow presidents and leaders of social movements are to be invited to his
inauguration, to be held on 22 January. 

It will be followed by a large rally in the country's main city, La Paz. 

_Mr Morales, an Aymara Indian, says one of his priorities will be to rewrite
the constitution to include more rights for Bolivia's indigenous majority_
(emphasis added -CB)

Mr Morales has also made it clear that he does not want to stop the launch
of an international bidding process to develop a huge iron mine in Puerto
Suarez, near the Brazilian border. 

The president-elect, who arrived at the presidential palace for talks in a
leather jacket and open-necked shirt, has said Bolivia needs to seek

Mr Rodriguez suspended the bidding process as a courtesy to his successor,
leading to complaints from business interests. 

He also said he would suspend the traditional year-end promotions of
military and police officials, to give Mr Morales the chance to make his own

Mr Morales, the country's first indigenous leader, won 54% of Sunday's vote
with 96% of ballots counted on Thursday. 

Turnout was roughly 85%, much higher than in previous Bolivian elections. 


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