Evo Morales assures that he would govern Bolivia at most until 2025

September 26, 2015

The president of Bolivia assured today at the UN that the objective of his proposal to run again in the presidential elections is to comply with the Patriotic Agenda until 2025.

After more than 18 hours of discussion in the Bolivian Congress, it was approved by 113 votes in favor and 42 against the partial reform of the Political Constitution of the Plurinational States that enables Evo Morales to re-title himself as president in the next electoral appointment of 2019 .

Now, this measure must be approved or rejected by the people via referendum on February 21, Morales said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters, within the framework of the special Summit on Sustainable Development for the next 15 years.

“It is not about being eternal (…) They still follow the countryside and in rural areas posters with ‘Evo forever’. But I have said ‘no’. If there is a re-election, it can be maximum until 2025, precisely to comply with the Patriotic Agenda. If the people say ‘yes’, then we must present themselves to 2019. If the people in the Referendum on this law say no, happy and happy I will wait for you in the Chapare after 2020, ”he said.

The Bolivian president participated yesterday in the Summit in which the new Sustainable Development Goals were approved. In his speech, he denounced that developed countries continue to support neoliberal policies that attack the most needy, a criticism of capitalism that he emphasized again in his press conference today.

“Here we are not proposing, for example, in this new objective, new goals by 2030 such as eradicating poverty, inequality. We are convinced that if we do not end the capitalist system, it is impossible to end poverty. How the capitalist system puts the planet, the environment, nature at its disposal. We have the obligation that we all bet on how to respect the rights of Mother Earth, ”he said.

Morales also referred to the maritime lawsuit facing Chile after the International Court of Justice declared itself competent to settle Bolivia’s request to negotiate a sovereign exit to the sea.

Although a bilateral meeting is not scheduled, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is also in New York at the UN General Assembly and Morales said he was open to dialogue with his counterpart, as that would prevent winners and losers from existing.

“We are going to try these days to communicate if they want to, and then there is no problem (…) What we said is that Chile fulfill its commitments (…) We would not want to reach a situation in which there was a winner and a loser. I do not want. We are sister countries. I also side with the Chilean people to the State. Let’s agree together. We all win. That is why our desire to go to dialogue ”, said Morales.

Bolivia lost its access to the Pacific Ocean in a war at the end of the 19th century, having to give up its entire 400-kilometer coastline and 120,000 square kilometers of territory rich in natural resources.

Chile argues that the consequences for Bolivia derived from that conflict were resolved in a peace treaty that they signed in 1904.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been broken since 1978.

September 26, 2015

The president of Bolivia assured today at the UN that the objective of his proposal to run again in the presidential elections is to comply with the Patriotic Agenda until 2025.

After more than 18 hours of discussion in the Bolivian Congress, it was approved by 113 votes in favor and 42 against the partial reform of the Political Constitution of the Plurinational States that enables Evo Morales to re-title himself as president in the next electoral appointment of 2019 .

Now, this measure must be approved or rejected by the people via referendum on February 21, Morales said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters, within the framework of the special Summit on Sustainable Development for the next 15 years.

“It is not about being eternal (…) They still follow the countryside and in rural areas posters with ‘Evo forever’. But I have said ‘no’. If there is a re-election, it can be maximum until 2025, precisely to comply with the Patriotic Agenda. If the people say ‘yes’, then we must present themselves to 2019. If the people in the Referendum on this law say no, happy and happy I will wait for you in the Chapare after 2020, ”he said.

The Bolivian president participated yesterday in the Summit in which the new Sustainable Development Goals were approved. In his speech, he denounced that developed countries continue to support neoliberal policies that attack the most needy, a criticism of capitalism that he emphasized again in his press conference today.

“Here we are not proposing, for example, in this new objective, new goals by 2030 such as eradicating poverty, inequality. We are convinced that if we do not end the capitalist system, it is impossible to end poverty. How the capitalist system puts the planet, the environment, nature at its disposal. We have the obligation that we all bet on how to respect the rights of Mother Earth, ”he said.

Morales also referred to the maritime lawsuit facing Chile after the International Court of Justice declared itself competent to settle Bolivia’s request to negotiate a sovereign exit to the sea.

Although a bilateral meeting is not scheduled, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is also in New York at the UN General Assembly and Morales said he was open to dialogue with his counterpart, as that would prevent winners and losers from existing.

“We are going to try these days to communicate if they want to, and then there is no problem (…) What we said is that Chile fulfill its commitments (…) We would not want to reach a situation in which there was a winner and a loser. I do not want. We are sister countries. I also side with the Chilean people to the State. Let’s agree together. We all win. That is why our desire to go to dialogue ”, said Morales.

Bolivia lost its access to the Pacific Ocean in a war at the end of the 19th century, having to give up its entire 400-kilometer coastline and 120,000 square kilometers of territory rich in natural resources.

Chile argues that the consequences for Bolivia derived from that conflict were resolved in a peace treaty that they signed in 1904.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been broken since 1978.