Bolivia to hold referendum on whether Morales can run for a fourth term

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People hold a sign reading “Evo assassin” – referring to Bolivian President Evo Morales – as they protest in front of a line of riot police outside the City Hall in El Alto on Feb. 17, 2016. (AFP / AIZAR RALDES)

Bolivia prepared to hold a referendum Sunday over whether President Evo Morales can run for a fourth term. Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, has been in power for 10 years. He wants to run again when his current term ends in 2019.

CCTV’s Dan Collyns reports from La Paz.

Bolivia to hold referendum on whether Morales can run for a fourth term

Bolivia prepared to hold a referendum Sunday over whether President Evo Morales can run for a fourth term. Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, has been in power for 10 years. He wants to run again when his current term ends in 2019. CCTV's Dan Collyns reports from La Paz.

To his supporters, Evo Morales is the revolutionary leader who transformed the fortunes of Bolivia’s long-marginalized native community. They credit him with slashing poverty and levelling out the country’s stark gap between the rich and poor.

Over the last ten years, he’s presided over an economic boom which has seen the country’s economy triple in size and prosperity grow.

He’s easily beaten back political opposition, winning re-election in 2014 with 60 percent of the vote. But he may not have it so easy this time as he campaigns for the ‘YES’ vote in the referendum on Sunday.

But the ‘NO’ campaign against allowing Morales to run for a third time in 2019 was gaining ground, particularly among young voters.

Others said they’re unsure about a future without Bolivia’s longest-serving president. He’s also Latin America’s longest standing president and one of its most popular.