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The returning Bolivian President Evo Morales continues to back orthodox economics

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The returning Bolivian President Evo Morales continues to back orthodox economics

back orthodox economicsRe elected Bolivian President Evo Morales, who easily won a third term in a weekend election, has said he will stick to his brand of pragmatic socialism, respecting private property while expanding the state’s role in the economy.

Morales, a former coca grower who became Bolivia’s first indigenous president in 2006, comfortably won Sunday’s election. Although official results were coming in slowly, a TV exit poll said Morales won about 61% of the vote and his main opposition rival, cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina, conceded defeat.

Morales’ anti-poverty programs and prudent spending of funds from the nationalization of natural gas and oil businesses have earned him wide support in a country long dogged by political instability..
He also won plaudits from Wall Street for running fiscal surpluses and delivering economic growth averaging more than 5 percent a year.

Morales attributed his election victory to “management and work” and said he would stick to the same policies.
“We will continue with the experience that we have had with the business sector,” he told journalists at the government palace in La Paz on Monday. “Private property will be respected, the constitution says so.”
He also said that state companies were key to improving the lives of Bolivians because they allow for more social spending. ”To meet (the people’s) demands, you have to guarantee economic growth and to do that you need public companies.“

Exit polls showed that Morales’ Movement towards Socialism party won the vote in eight of Bolivia’s nine regions, including Santa Cruz, which is the country’s most affluent region and traditionally an opposition stronghold.
Morales’ successful approach is unlikely to change much in a third term, analysts said.
”He seems to have found a winning formula in his second term and he will see how far he can take it in the third,“ said Michael Shifter, president of the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue think-tank.

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  • Lucrecia Saravia Zapiola says:

    Good morning, reading about Morales super victory, late last night I got a message from a very reliable source, informing me that such results were obtained from only the 3% of the votes. Todat, diari La Nación, confirmed it. Quite disturbing news…Lucrecia S.Z.

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