Bolivia president voices desire for pacifist constitution on Japan trip Michael Sung at 11:01 AM ET
[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, Spanish; BBC profile] told reporters Friday that his government has a desire to "renounce the recourse to war under the Republic of Bolivia's new constitution." Morales made the remarks following a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website; BBC profile], whose country already has a constitution [official text] with a pacifist provision [Article 9 backgrounder] imposed by the United States following World War II. Morales added, however, that even if a pacifist constitution were implemented, Bolivia's armed forces would not be dissolved and Bolivia would maintain its conscript one-year military service.
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