Violent protests and clashes flare up in Bolivia as voters react to President Evo Morales's announcement that he will run for a fourth term. No reporter narration.
(NO REPORTER NARRATION) Violent protests and clashes flared up in Bolivia on Thursday (November 30) and Friday (December 1) as voters reacted to President Evo Morales's announcement that he will run for a fourth term, after the constitutional court eliminated term limits. The court ruling, which is final and cannot be appealed, comes just one year after a referendum in which 51 percent of voters rejected Morales' proposal to end term limits. Protesters clashed with police in the opposition-led city of Santa Cruz. Historically unstable Bolivia has enjoyed relative calm and prosperity under Morales, a former coca farmer and the country's first indigenous president who has been in power since 2006. Approval ratings for Morales, a fierce critic of capitalism and ally of embattled Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, hover at around 50 percent. In September, Morales' Movement to Socialism party asked the courts to rescind legal limits barring elected authorities from seeking reelection indefinitely. The Bolivian president says that because his first election took place under Bolivia's previous constitution, it does not count under the now-defunct two-term rule.