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The Bolivian Evo Morales may be a candidate for reelection

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 21:14

Amid a strike of workers seeking better pensions Bolivian legislators passed a law allowing President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera eligible for another term in the elections of December 2014.

Plurinational Constitutional Court or TCP, opened the way to the re-election of Morales in late April 2013, when it declared constitutional four of the six articles of the law, including the provision that allows the re-election of Morales and Linera. As explained Emily Achtenberg in NACLA blog Rebel Currents [in]:

The court ruled that Morales could seek a third consecutive term, although the 2009 Constitution allows only two, considering that his first election (in 2004) was performed under a previous constitution. The ruling rejected a clause in the new Constitution which states that any previous term must be taken into account in the calculation of allowable limits. This transitional provision, the court reasoned, does not apply to Morales because its original mandate did not continue in the new Constitution (in fact, Morales shortened his first term in a year and was re-elected in 2009 under the new constitutional regime).

Emily also noted that critics say the president "should have sought a constitutional amendment before standing as a candidate for a third term."

President Evo Morales taking office in La Paz on January 22, 2010. Photo shared on Flickr by the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

President Evo Morales taking office in La Paz on January 22, 2010. Photo shared on Flickr by the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

While supporters of Morales welcomed the decision of the court, others, such as Bolivian bloggers Andrés Gómez Vela and Eduardo Bowles , criticized. Andrew said that the judges of the court have failed the test on this key issue, while Eduardo wrote that from the legal point of view, the decision to accept third presidential candidacy is one of the biggest setbacks in the process of the democratic constitution of the country . Also, Edward warned that the decision could trigger a new period of instability.

Emily added in Rebel Currents,

According to current polls , which give Morales a support of 60% in the departmental capitals and 76% in rural areas, a referendum for constitutional reform would probably have prevailed. At avoid constitutional route, argue critics, Morales cheated then not only the political opposition but the Bolivian people, who voted to support the Constitution of consensus, including their commitments to term limits, by a margin of 61% .

For the next election, Morales has publicly announced it expects to achieve an ambitious mandate of 74% , surpassing its previous 54% in 2005 and 64% in 2009.

However, Bloggings by boz [in] argued that despite their popularity Morales should not stand for election:

Should I apply? Probably not. Errors or just bad luck in his third term economic tarnish his legacy and spoil the changes he has made. In addition, the report for the third term, Morales is making the same mistakes that Hugo Chavez. Are you relying on your personal leadership rather than building institutions and other similar ideological leaders to continue their work. Any movement or country dependent on a single individual lacks resistance.

Bolivians go to the polls to elect a new president in December 2014. Meanwhile, Internet users are concerned about the escalation of tension caused by strikes and protests present a conflict that could affect the chances of President Morales to win his third presidential election.

Written by Silvia Viñas · In Sonia Ordonez · View original post [en] · Comments (0)
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10.6 seconds for posterity

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:30

In the magazine's blog Orsai , Hernán Casciari narrates as if suspended in time, 10.6 seconds that have passed football history and remain in the memory of all those who lived through it, directly or indirectly:

Less than eleven seconds earlier, when the Argentine player receives the pass from a teammate, the watch brand in Mexico thirteen hours, twelve minutes and twenty seconds.

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Close your eyes. Is dropped forward, his body bent, and there is silence in the world.

The player knows he has forty-four steps and twelve taps, all with his left. Know the play last ten seconds and six tenths. So you think it's time to explain to everyone who he is, who did it and who will be until the end of time.

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First Latin American Congress of living cultures

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:15

Rituales, reflexiones, “asaltos” poéticos… del 17 del 23 de mayo de 2013, el primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Culturas Vivas invadirá las calles de La Paz, Bolivia. La ciudad recibirá a representantes de los gobierno de Brasil y Colombia, junto con más de mil activistas.
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More than 3,000 participate in ongoing massive data journalism

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Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:00

Más de 3,000 estudiantes están participando en el segundo curso masivo abierto (MOOC por su nombre en inglés) en el Centro Knight para Periodismo en las Americas [en] en castellano: “Introducción al Periodismo de Datos“. El curso comenzó el 13 de mayo, pero las inscripciones siguen abiertas.

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