Bolivia president ends hunger strike after final version of election law passed

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] ended his five-day hunger strike after the Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] approved [press release, in Spanish] the final version of a new election law [proposed text, in Spanish]. Approval of the law paves the way for Morales to run for another term [BBC report] as president this December. Morales declared himself on hunger strike [YouTube video, in Spanish; AP report] Thursday until congress passed the law because the 60-day period decreed in the new Bolivian constitution [text, PDF] had lapsed earlier in the week. The congress approved the general framework [press release, in Spanish; JURIST report] on Thursday but had not agreed on the final details until Tuesday.

The law will regulate election of the congress, president, and vice-president of Bolivia. In February, Bolivia's new constitution went into effect, after being approved [JURIST reports] by national referendum in January. Other measures adopted by the constitution include land reform and regulations [JURIST report] on single farms to limit acreage to 12,400 and placing economic and social requirements on them.



 

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