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Today in Latin American History

President of Bolivia Evo Morales was born in 1959

President of Bolivia Evo Morales was born in 1959

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Today in Latin American history, current President of Bolivia Evo Morales was born in 1959.

Born Juan Evo Morales Ayma, Morales has received international acclaim for his support of indigenous rights and anti-imperialism, and has been named “World Hero of Mother Earth” by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Elected president in 2005, he instituted land confiscation, redistribution and nationalisation of key industries. He scaled back U.S. involvement in Bolivia while building relationships with other nations in the Latin American.

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