What Happened in Bolivia? Indefinite Reelection, Electoral Fraud, and Constitutional Succession

Ramiro Orias*

Versión en español aquí.

In order to understand what happened in Bolivia over the past few days, which have seen a serious escalation of violence in the midst of a political crisis that ended with the resignation of President Evo Morales, we need to go back to the 2009 political pact that paved the way for the adoption of a new national constitution. This constitution established that the president may be reelected to only one consecutive term, and that terms served prior to the entry into force of the new constitution shall be taken into account for the purposes of calculating new terms of office.

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