The "social movements" march on Thursday in La Paz, before submitting its draft constitutional reform. (APG)
The «social movements» march on Thursday in La Paz, before submitting its draft constitutional reform. (APG)

By Carlos A. Quiroga

Evo Morales can add to his resume another record if a constitutional reform that will allow him to apply in 2019 to a fourth consecutive term progresses.

«Social movements», mainly related to government unions, on Thursday gave the first step in the reform of the constitution that Morales himself put into effect six and a half years ago.

The reform is to enable the possibility of two consecutive re-elections of the president and his vice president instead of a single re-election set now.

Morales and Vice President Alvaro Garcia were elected for the first time in 2005 but they not completed their first five-year term because came into effect a new constitution, under which they were elected again in 2009 and reelected in 2014.

If the reform is approved, Morales could apply for a fourth consecutive term (2020-2025) that would extend until the doors of the bicentenary of Bolivia, on August 6, 2025.

The government and the opposition agree that the reform law will be approved smoothly by both the Assembly and the Constitutional Court.

So the real battle over the re-re-election will take place in the campaign for the Yes or No in the final referendum which must approve or reject the constitutional reform.

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