Bolivia: Indigenous Role in New Constitution Extolled

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Potosí, Bolivia, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales highlighted the presence of indigenous delegates recognized by the new Bolivian Constitution, after 183 years of republic life in Bolivia, in an activity celebrated in the department of Potosí Wednesday.

  “For more than 500 years we have waited for a moment like this, a legal and constitutional recognition,” said the Bolivian President, of an Aymara origin, during the official possession activity for leaders and delegates belonging to the Ayllus and Markas ethnias in Potosi.

Morales remembered the struggle by brothers Tomas and Damaso Katari in the 17th Century for the possession of the land, the rights of the indigenous people of Bolivia and the rest of the continent.

He said that the new Constitution is recovering and improving the deep claims of the indigenous people and asked the new local leaders to work for their respective peoples, without ambition and selfishness.

He also referred to the birth of the first pluri-national Legislative Assembly of Bolivia, where senators and deputies have already received their respective credentials.

“For the first time, we have a multi-ethnic parliament with brothers from several indigenous communities. This never occurred before,” he said finally.

Source: Prensa Latina

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