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Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

BOLIVIA: Morales challenged by unions

President Evo Morales appears to have abandoned the possibility of staging a second referendum on whether to amend the 2009 constitution in order to allow him to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2019. His apparent backtracking on the proposal to hold a second vote – which had prompted outrage from his critics when he first floated it [WR-16-21], given he had already lost a referendum on the issue (by 51.30%-48.70%) last February – comes as he continues to face major unrest from Bolivia’s main workers’ union, Central Obrera Boliviana (COB). This stems from a supreme decree (DS-2765) announced on 16 May, to close the state-owned textiles company Empresa Pública Nacional Estratégica de Textiles (Enatex) [WR-16-21].

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