Bolivians vote on a new constitution on Sunday, which leftist President Evo Morales is hoping will radically transform the country.
If approved, the charter will not only allow Morales to seek a second term in office but also give more power to Bolivia’s indigenous Indian population. President Evo Morales said: “This new Bolivian state Constitution aims to give everybody the same opportunities, the same rights and the same duties. Nobody should be excluded.’‘ Polls show at least 55 percent of people will vote ‘Yes’ in the referendum. Despite concessions by Morales, Bolivia’s opposition parties oppose the new charter. Oscar Ortiz, Senate President for the opposition Podemos Party said: “Groups in power, like Evo Morales’ group right now, would be gaining artificial control over the Congress and also the judicial and electoral courts.” Under the new constitution, Bolvia’s indigenous groups would see greater representation in Congress and more autonomy in their home areas. The state would also strengthen its control over Bolivia’s natural resources.