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Bolivian constitution deal reached

 Bolivian constitution deal reached
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Supporters of Bolivia’s leftist leader Evo Morales have been celebrating a deal that paves the way for a new constitution.

Morales, the country’s first indigenous president, said he had reached agreement with political opponents. A referendum on the constitution will now be held in January.

Thousands of peasant farmers and leftist activists staged a marathon march from Bolivia’s highlands to demand the public vote.

The controversial constitution will help Morales redistribute land to the poor and boost state control over natural resources. But the country is divided and his foes say they fear he wants to install Cuban-style communism.

In a key concession to his opponents, Morales has agreed to limit himself to running for just one more term in office.