Thursday 23 May 2019

President Evo Morales is the firm favourite to win election race to lead bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales
Bolivian President Evo Morales

Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to run for a third consecutive term in office. The country's electoral council confirmed that the Andean nation's first indigenous president will be on the ballot paper again on October 12.

The 54-year-old's decision to continue in politics has placed him as the election frontrunner. According to Bolivia's constitution, a president can hold office for only two terms, but the country's Supreme Court ruled last year that Morales' initial 2006-2009 term was exempt.

 The former coca farmer was first elected president before the term limit was set. The main opposition candidate is currently cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, who got less than 10pc of the votes in the last three presidential elections.

Historically one of South America's most unstable countries, Bolivia has enjoyed relative prosperity and calm since Morales came to power. Gross domestic product per capita doubled between 2005 and 2011.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent

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