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Weekly Report - 02 June 2016 (WR-16-21)

BOLIVIA: Morales moots another referendum

President Evo Morales has enraged critics by hinting at the possibility of holding another referendum on whether to reform the 2009 constitution to allow him to run for a third consecutive term in 2019 (under this constitution). A referendum on the issue took place in February delivering a defeat for Morales and his government (by 51.30%-48.70%). The ruling Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) attributed the result to a corruption scandal implicating Morales [WR-16-08]. The MAS is using a recent report by a congressional committee tasked with investigating the allegations, which cleared Morales of any wrongdoing, to justify restaging the vote.

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