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Bolivian President Evo Morales discovers limits to his popularity

Bolivian President Evo Morales discovers limits to his popularity

By many measures, things had been going well for Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Since he took office in 2006, the economy has averaged annual growth of 5%, and he has used revenue from mining and natural gas sales to build roads, schools and clinics, raise incomes and reduce the extreme poverty rate from 34% to 18%.

He easily won election to a third term in 2014, and as recently as last fall, his approval ratings topped 75%.

But there are limits to Morales’ popularity.

In a referendum Sunday, voters appear to have rejected his proposal to change the constitution to allow him to seek a fourth term that would start in 2020, after his current one ends. The...

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