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Bolivian Coca Growers Seek Constitutional Change to Allow President Evo Morales to Stand for Re-Election

La Paz, September 27 (RHC) – Bolivia's cocaleros (coca leaf growers) will stage a nationwide movement to remove the constitutional hurdle that prevents President Evo Morales from standing for re-election in 2019, the group's leader said on Monday.

Speaking at the 13th Congress of Coca Leaf Growers from the Tropic de Cochabamba, Leonardo Loza, deputy president of the Federation of the Six Tropics States, said the main aim of the meeting is to draw up nationwide guidelines that would make Morales' re-election possible.

"Even though some opponents, some scroungers that make a living stealing from Bolivia, don't want President Morales to be a candidate in 2019, we in a united, organic and social way will exhaust (all possible) paths and constitutional mechanisms to enable Morales' re-election," said the cocalero leader.

Morales has been serving as the Bolivian president since 2006. He is the country's first president to come from the indigenous population. He is now in his third presidential term, which ends in January 2020.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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