Bolivian President Evo Morales has won his gamble to call a referendum on his leftist policies, winning nearly two thirds of the votes in his divided country. Eight of Bolivia’s nine regional governors were also seeking re-election, and two of the President’s political enemies were defeated. “This is an historic day for Bolivia, thanks to voters’ support for improving Bolivian democracy,” Morales told his supporters.
Morales had gone to the country to win support for his campaign to improve life for Bolivia’s indigenous majority. His agenda had met stiff opposition in Bolivia’s wealthier east, where he is accused of being a lackey of Venezuela’s Socialist leader Hugo Chavez. All four governors in the east were re-elected, but Morales did win a surprising amount of support.
However, one conservative governor refused to recognise the results, saying the referendum was unconstitutional, and setting the stage for a potential political showdown with the President.