Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reelection - The Small Print

Yesterday, I posted on Evo's reelection plan for the Constituent Assembly (CA). Well, after reading Cochabamba's Los Tiempos, it seems we had only half the story. Under the current constitution, a presidential mandate lasts 5 years and everybody assumed that MAS' reelection meant that the maximum mandate for a president (read Evo) would be ten years. Wrong!

MAS Senator Antonio Peredo said it was paramount that Morales stayed in power until all structural changes were enforced. He believes that 10 years is the minimum time and it would serve just to put things in place. On the other hand, 20 years would be enough to consolidate all structural changes. So, MAS will not only propose reelection, but to increase the length of the presidential mandate to 10 years.

The thing is, you see, that democracy is a foreign invention, imposed by colonial powers and oligarchs who used to cut the hands of any indigenous person who learnt to write... It must be stopped at any cost.

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