Bolivian president addresses economy

 

By Reuters

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA — Bolivia’s leftist president, Evo Morales, vowed Monday to increase state control over the economy and strengthen political power for indigenous groups, a day after exit polls showed that he was reelected in a landslide.

Bolivia’s top electoral body has not yet released official results, but exit polls and quick counts showed that Morales took at least 63 percent of the vote, more than 35 percentage points ahead of his closest challenger, rightist former governor Manfred Reyes Villa.

Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism party also looked likely to win two-thirds of the seats in both houses of Congress, exit polls showed.

An Aymara Indian, Morales is Bolivia’s first indigenous president. He is hugely popular among the Indian majority, which supported a constitutional reform this year to allow him to run for a second consecutive term in South America’s poorest country. “Bolivians have given us an enormous responsibility to deepen this transformation,” he said. “Bolivians have punished the people who are traitors of this process.”

 Source: Reuters

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