Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:59 pm (PST)
Evo Morales Returns to Office for Four More YearsAt a symbolic ceremony, Morales was purified by Aymaran priests with water and fire at the ruins of the pre-Columbian city of Tiawanacu
By: Marina Menéndez Quintero
2010-01-22 | 18:23:20 EST
With the blessing of the Aymaran gods and the millions of Bolivians who returned him to office during the last elections, Evo Morales assumed the presidency of the country for another four years.
At a symbolic ceremony, Morales was purified by Aymaran priests with water and fire at the ruins of the pre-Columbian city of Tiawanacu, where accompanied by the Amautas (Ayamara sages) he thanked the ancestors for his first mandate and asked for economic prosperity, wisdom to govern his people, unity and glory to the Pachamama —the Aymara term for mother earth.
But not only are the gods on Morales’ side. With the support of 64 percent of the population, his second term in office promises to be a continuity of the work he and the Movimiento al Socialismo Party (Movement for Socialism, MAS) have been carrying out in favor of the poor.
Some of the main achievements of Morales’ first term were the approval of a new constitution which legitimizes and institutionalizes the fundamental changes made by his government; the nationalization of the gas and oil industries, which used to be controlled by transnational companies; and the progressive expropriation of the mining industry and other sectors, with a view to eliminating neoliberal models.
Despite internal pressures from rightwing organizations and support by US government agencies of assassination attempts against Morales and attempts to launch a coup d’etat, the Bolivian president managed to lay bare the racist and violent inclinations of his enemies and defeat the opposition in the last election.
A Plurinational Assembly, which replaced the old Parliament, was also instituted, giving Morales and his party the opportunity to implement and develop initiatives that had been rejected or delayed by the former legislative body.
January 25, 2010
Evo Morales Sworn In for Second Term in Bolivia
With his left hand risen in a fist and his right hand over his hear, Evo Morales took his oath as President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on Friday
Evo Morales Returns to Office for Four More Years
By: Juventud Rebelde
2010-01-23 | 11:49:07 EST
La Paz, January 22.— Evo Morales was sworn in for his second mandate as president of the Bolivia on Friday in La Paz as the masses took to the street to celebrate another historical victory.
Some 30,000 took to the street in a giant party to celebrate after a formal session in the Plurinational Legislative Assembly to swear in Evo Morales for a second term.
Accompanied by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Cuban Vice President Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, Evo said that with this second mandate the colonial, discriminatory and exploitive State has been buried for good.
Cuban Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés congratulated the Bolivian people and their government on behalf of the Cuban people and transmitted greetings and congratulations from Fidel and Raul Castro.
President Correa said that there is no stopping the social revolutions taking place in Latin America.
For his part, President Chavez said, “We [Latin Americans] are the same people; we are part of the same and only homeland, our America as Jose Marti said.”
Morales begins his second mandate after being reelected in a landslide victory in December when he received 64.22 percent of the votes, confirming the Bolivian peoples unwavering support of his project to rebuild the nation on the basis of social justice, sovereignty and dignity.
In his address to the nation, President Morales said that his current administration, which runs through to 2015, will focus on continuing to develop a productive Bolivia alongside an inclusive society, building on the accomplishments achieved during his first mandate.
“When the union and social leaders truly represent the people and work for the country, as we are doing in Bolivia, revolution becomes democratic and based on conscience…The time has come to seek out equality, dignity and unity beginning from solidarity between all our peoples,” said Morales.
Following Morales’ swearing-in ceremony was another for Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera who also becomes president of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly as set out in the Constitution.
In his address, García Linera called on the Bolivian people to accompany Evo in his fight against capitalism and to continue the transcendental reforms of their first term.