Evo Morales, the former coca grower and native Aymara Indian has won an unprecedented third term in office, making history in Bolivia.
The Guardian reports that Juan Evo Morales Ayma, more popularly known as Evo Morales, received 60 percent of the vote against 25 percent for cement tycoon Samuel Doria Medina, the highest polling of four challengers in Sunday’s election.
In his victory speech given from the balcony of the presidential palace in La Paz, Morales dedicated this most recent victory to Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president, saying, “It is a triumph of anti-colonialists and anti-imperialists. We are going to keep growing and we are going to continue the process of economic liberation.”
With this record, Morales is on track to become Bolivia’s longest-serving leader consecutively in office, moving past 19th-century Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz, a founder of the republic in power from 1829-1839.
Since he first took office in 2006, Bolivia’s economic growth has averaged 5 percent annually above the regional average while also accumulating record international reserves. Under Morales’ leadership the country sold bonds abroad for the first time in half a century.
Despite these economic advancements, Bolivia is still South America’s poorest country with nearly one in four Bolivians living on $2 a day, according to the World Bank.
On whether he would seek reelection for a fourth term, Morales, the only indigenous Indian to ever be in office, he did not rule out the possibility stat
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