Bolivia’s president Evo Morales is to run for a fourth term in office after his ruling party proclaimed him its candidate in 2019 elections, defying the results of a February referendum.
His Movement for Socialism party approved his candidacy in a unanimous vote. Later, Morales said “if the people say let’s go with Evo, then let’s continue defeating the right and continue with our process”.
Bolivia’s first indigenous president was first elected in 2005, and then re-elected in 2009 and 2014. But he narrowly lost a referendum earlier this year on whether the constitution should be revised to allow him to run again in 2019. His current term expires on 22 January, 2020.