[News] Bolivia: Evo Morales Ready to Take Office

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Bolivia: Evo Morales Ready to Take Office

Bolivia: Evo Morales Ready to Take Office

La Paz, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian 
President-elect Evo Morales started to make up 
the government he will lead as of January 22, 
following a historic election win that surpassed 
predictions. 
<http://www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID={AE089E87-232B-4AAC-9905-529EB82C2724}&language=EN>Venez: 
Morales Victory a Triumph 
<http://www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID={CC1634F4-D166-4AEA-AD41-8CDAAC020F2A}&language=EN>Morales 
Consulting Orgs for Cabinet 
<http://www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID={07830205-8248-40DE-9378-724156191FB9}&language=EN>MERCOSUR 
Proud of Bolivian Elections 
<http://www.plenglish.com/Article.asp?ID={C849C70E-94C4-43D7-837D-088234169B03}&language=EN>LatAm 
Hails Bolivia Evo Morales´ Victory

After 80 percent of the ballots have been 
counted, congressman Morales, leader of the 
Movement toward Socialism (MAS), obtained 51 
percent of the voters´ support, so he doesn´t 
have to wait for Congress to choose between the 
two most voted presidential hopefuls.

That majority, which should shortly be officially 
confirmed, ensures the MAS leader the presidency without a runoff.

Under the law of the land, for a presidential 
hopeful to win the elections must have more than 
50 percent of the votes. In case none of the 
running candidates reach that figure, then 
Congress decide who is the next president between 
the two most voted politicians.

MAS landslide victory, considered the most 
crushing of the last decades, thwarted 
predictions by the right that predicted a low 
margin between Morales and neoliberal ex 
President Jorge Quiroga, who won 31 percent of the ballots.

People´s voting also did away with the US 
predictions of a likely post-election string of violence.

Following the announcement, people rejoiced at 
the MAS win, and tensions only came from Otto 
Reich, former US special envoy to Western 
Hemisphere for the Secretary of State, who 
threatened to take reprisals if the movement implements its policies.

Thousands of Morales supporters chanting "We feel 
it, Evo president," set off fireworks and danced 
in the streets of La Paz, as well as the eastern 
cities of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz as election results were announced.

The new government will surely faced the 
rightwing hostility opposing changes, as they won 
important provincial governments.

We are living a new time "and the Third 
Millennium belongs to peoples, not to the 
Empire," stated the indigenous leader on Sunday.

Results proved the MAS will ensure governance, he 
pointed out, and ratified he is willing to 
receive the cooperation of legislators from other 
parties seeking to change the nation. He said 
he´s open to talk with all sectors.

The new president elect vowed to solve the 
thorniest problems of the majority, restructure 
the economic model and fight neoliberalism 
because it will be like combating the blockade of the economic growth.

He pledged to open a new Bolivian chapter of 
equity, justice and peace with social justice, 
tasks he considered attainable only with the work 
of leaders, lawmakers, social bodies and the entire nation.

Morales also called to raze discrimination, 
historic hatred and contempt for indigenous 
people "to live in unity and diversity by 
changing the neoliberal model and eliminating the neocolonial state."

The Bolivian people´s victory can become a 
paradigm in Latin America "because we need allied 
triumphant movements in the region to rebuild the 
Tahuantinsuyo (Inca Empire) and the Great Motherland Bolivar dreamed of.

mh/ecq/mrs



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