Evo Morales wins yet another term as President of Bolivia.

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Evo Morales wins yet another term as President of Bolivia.

With over 60% of the voters, unheard of numbers in the Empire and its vassal states, Evo Morales has won another victory as President of Bolivia.

Evo Morales wins AGAIN.

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errata: that should be "nearly" 60% (59.5%) of voters.

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Yay Evo! We could do with more political leaders like him.

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[url=http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Evo-Morales-Victory-Demonstrate... Morales’ Victory Demonstrates How Much Bolivia Has Changed[/url]

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The failure of opposition forces and critics to recognize or accept that a political revolution that has taken place explains why they are so far out of touch with the majority of Bolivian society.

Predictions by pollsters and commentators that Evo Morales would easily win Bolivia’s October 12 presidential elections were confirmed when the incumbent obtained over 60% of the vote. 

Most however differ over why, after almost a decade in power, Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) continues to command such a huge level of support.

Their explanations tend to focus on specific economic or political factors, such as booming raw material prices or the MAS’ ability to control and co-opt the country’s social movements.

However, to understand why Morales will soon become the longest serving head of state in a country renown for its history of coups and rebellions, it is necessary to start with an acknowledgement of the profound changes that Bolivia has undergoing under his presidency.

A_J

Gwynne Dyer: The truth about Bolivia’s and Brazil’s economic miracles

TO NOBODY’S GREAT surprise, Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has won a third five-year term by a landslide majority. It’s no surprise because Bolivia’s gross domestic product (GDP) has tripled since he took office in 2006. The number of people living in poverty has fallen by a quarter, even the poorest now have the right to a pension, and illiteracy has fallen to zero. Of course he won.

What has happened in Bolivia seems as miraculous as what happened in Brazil, where another left-wing president, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, took office in 2003. The economy started growing at five percent a year, unemployment fell steeply, and some 40 million Brazilians, almost a quarter of the population, were lifted out of poverty. Lula’s former chief of staff and successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, is also likely to win another term in office.

Is there some secret they share? Many other South American economies have been growing fast too, but without the dramatic change in the distribution of income that has happened in Brazil and Bolivia. Even the late Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian revolution” in Venezuela, for all its anti-imperialist rhetoric and despite the country’s great oil wealth, has not delivered a comparable transformation in the lives of the poor.

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So should we hail the arrival of a new and better model for economic growth and social justice? Unfortunately, no. The only economic secret that Lula, Dilma, and Evo all share is that if you want the economy to grow, you must not frighten the horses.

The international markets got ready for a meltdown when Lula, a self-taught former trade union leader with a penchant for radical rhetoric, became president of Brazil, but he turned out to be the very soul of fiscal responsibility. And although Morales nationalized a large part of the Bolivian economy—oil, gas, tin, and zinc mining and key utilities—he negotiated deals that compensated foreign investors and kept the markets happy.

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NDPP

Bolivian President Evo Morales Addresses 73rd Session, UNGA, Sept 26, 2018

https://youtu.be/5BBFOR_0CEQ

"I would like to talk about the three major threats we face. The first is climate change. Every year it's hotter than it was the year before..."