Bolivian president sets date for constitution referendum

August 29th, 2008 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS  

La Paz (Bolivia), Aug 29 (DPA) Bolivian President Evo Morales has set Dec 7 for a national referendum on a controversial new constitution, which threatens to further split the country.The draft constitution, which Morales says is to improve the lot of the impoverished indigenous majority in the east of the country, was approved last year in an elected assembly boycotted by the opposition.

However, five prosperous western regions, populated by descendants of immigrants, are fiercely opposed to the new constitution, and strive for far-reaching autonomy.

Earlier this month, the leftist president won a recall vote by a resounding 67 percent majority, regarded as an endorsement of his plans to go ahead with his the new constitution.

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