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People of Bolivia rejected fourth term for President in referendum

Feb 25, 2016 10:36 IST

Bolivia's Electoral Commission on 24 February 2016 announced that people of the country rejected an amendment to the Constitution in a referendum with 51.3 percent vote.

With this vote, the incumbent President Evo Morales stands disqualified for contesting the Presidential election for fourth term in 2019.

The referendum was sought by Evo Morales who is barred by the Constitution from re contesting after completion of his present 5-year term.

At present, Evo Morales is into his third term and his most recent victory was in 2014. Prior to 2014, he was elected to the Presidency twice - in 2006 (under the 1967 Constituion) and 2009.

As per the most recent and the 17th Constitution, which was promulgated by Evo Morales in 2009, the President of Bolivia is allowed to re-elect only once.

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