Bolivia: La Paz marches to demand respect for 2016 term-limit referendum

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets on La Paz on Monday over the perceived failure of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to implement the results of the 2016 constitutional referendum, demanding leading members of the body resign.

The demonstrators burned mock coffins bearing the faces of Bolivian President Evo Morales and Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who sought to extend the limit to three consecutive terms in the referendum.

The referendum was voted down by a margin of just 2.58 percent.

The TSE then ruled in 2017 that there would be no term limits on public office, effectively allowing Morales to run for a fourth time since his first stint in office came before the introduction of the 2009 constitution.

“We do not want it to be like it is today in Venezuela, we do not want it to be like what happened Cuba. We want a free Bolivia,” said Valentina Fernandez, a protester.

Elections are due to be held in Bolivia on October 20, 2019 and as it stands, Morales and Linera will be standing for the Movement for Socialism (MAS).

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