Global Politics

Bolivia's recall vote

Evo Morales is quite confident he'll remain in power, and a recent poll revealed his support to be at 59% in July. He needs to win 53% of the vote to remain in office, but the anti-Morales effort has been making its push on the airwaves. In this commercial, and indigenous woman is in her humble kitchen, complaining about the price of food and blaming it on Morales. These ads are often followed by pro-Morales commercials and this time the message is thanks to Morales and his subsidies the price of food remains low. Morales has billed the referendum as a face off between those who want the state to have greater control of the economy and those who want pro-business politicians back in power, but the situation is more complicated than that. Morales presented his referendum last year in a bid to undermine right-of-center opponents who have challenged his reforms, and Morales has had to put on hold plans to redistribute land for farmers. This former official says the country is going to be the same after the referendum as before, and he predicts Morales will still be in power. He, like many other opponents to Morales, believe the referendum is unconstitutional. Many governors who oppose Morales are more likely to be thrown out of office than Morales. This governor of a region in Eastern Bolivia which has been pushing for autonomy says he'll do everything to stop the referendum. He's accused Morales's government of using fake names on voter lists.

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