On Oct. 20, Evo Morales ran for a fourth consecutive term as Bolivia’s president. That’s despite the fact that Bolivia’s constitution limits presidents to two terms in office — and despite the fact that he lost a 2016 referendum to alter those limits. Morales claimed that he has a human right to run for office indefinitely. And in a controversial ruling, the country’s highest court supported him.
The president’s attempt to stay in power revealed his “autocratic temptations”: a desire to speak and act on behalf of the entire “people” and to do so forever. That threatens the integrity of the country’s constitutional order.… Seguir leyendo »
Bolivian President Evo Morales intends to run for a fourth consecutive term in 2019 despite constitutional term limits — and despite losing a referendum last year to alter these limits.
Representatives of Morales’s party, the Movement Toward Socialism, or the MAS, have petitioned the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal to remove the term limits. As Bolivians wait for the court’s ruling — expected before judicial elections on Dec. 3 — it is worth assessing the state of Bolivian democracy.
Is Bolivia is headed in the direction of Venezuela?
Morales’s opponents see these trends as a “Chávez move” — something the late president of Venezuela would have attempted.… Seguir leyendo »