This is no joke: Bolivian ruler invokes his ‘human right’ to stay in power

Evo Morales

While many of us were trying to absorb the news of the Las Vegas massacre and President Trump’s bungled response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, a growing political scandal in South America went almost unnoticed in the media: Bolivia’s populist President Evo Morales is making an illegal bid to run for a fourth term in office.

Morales’ arguments for clinging to power are so ridiculous that they would be funny if this wasn’t happening in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Despite the fact that the 2009 constitution explicitly prohibits him from running for reelection when his current term expires in 2019 and that he lost a 2016 referendum to allow his re-election, he is happily planning to change the laws and run for a fourth five-year term…..

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