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Morales ends hunger strike as new electoral code is approved

Video by Sophie DAVIDSON

Latest update : 2009-04-15

Bolivian lawmakers have approved a new electoral code which will allow President Evo Morales to run for a second five-year term. Morales had gone on hunger strike for six days to demand the new legislation.

AFP - Bolivia's Congress on Tuesday approved a new electoral code which President Evo Morales had gone on hunger strike to demand.
  
The new legislation -- approved after nine hours of intense debate -- would allow Morales to run for a second five-year term.
  
The bill sets rules for December 6 elections under a controversial new constitution which also gives Bolivia's indigenous communities rights to territory and their own systems of justice.
  
Opposition lawmakers had delayed the passage of the bill, prompting Morales to go on a hunger strike that was to enter its sixth day on Tuesday.
  
"In these moments we are lifting the hunger strike" said Pedro Montes, a leading member of the Bolivian Workers' Center, which had called on thousands of supporters to mimic the fast.
  

Date created : 2009-04-14

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