VOTE BLOCKS MO­RALES FROM AN­OTHER RUN

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD -

LA PAZ Bo­li­vian Pres­i­dent Evo Mo­rales has grudg­ingly ac­cepted his first di­rect elec­toral de­feat in a decade in power, the nar­row re­jec­tion of a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that would have let him run again in 2019.

“We lost a demo­cratic bat­tle but not the war,” he said Wed­nes­day. “Evo’s work is not done.”

He blamed the loss on a “dirty war” by the op­po­si­tion and an “ex­ter­nal con­spir­acy.”

Asked if the process of choos­ing a suc­ces­sor would be­gin, Mo­rales noted he still has four years left in of­fice.

“It’s not the mo­ment to speak of a suc­ces­sor. There is a lot of time for that.”

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