Bolivia Congress approves referendum on new constitution Jaime Jansen at 9:19 AM ET
[JURIST] The National Congress of Bolivia [official website, in Spanish] narrowly approved a national referendum on a new constitution [JURIST news archive] Thursday after members of the Bolivian Constitutional Assembly [official website, in Spanish] approved the draft constitution [JURIST report] in December. The new constitution, supported by Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile], would give the president more power over natural resources, collapse Bolivia's legislature into one body, and allow the president to seek election for two consecutive five-year terms. Morales supporters rallying outside of the congressional building Thursday prevented many of the opponents of the draft constitution from entering the building and participating in the vote.
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