Morales marks return of democracy to Bolivia amidst "dictator" cries

11 October 2018

Thousands of Bolivians turned out on Wednesday to mark the return of democracy to the South American country, with rival camps using the anniversary to cheer and jeer President Evo Morales. The move has sharpened criticism of Morales, with Bolivians comparing him to the military governments of the past.

Morales rallied supporters in La Paz, speaking out against the military governments of the past and talking up democracy in Bolivia. Although Morales' own 2009 constitution set a limit of two five-year terms, Morales asked voters in a 2016 referendum to let him run again in 2019. When they said no, he convinced the Constitutional Court to let him anyway.