May 5, 2008


Bolivia's richest province votes for autonomy: South America's poorest nation is threatened with partition after the country's richest province voted for autonomy, threatening the rule of President Evo Morales, the first indigenous Indian president and close ally of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. (Jeremy McDermott, 05/05/2008, Daily Telegraph)

In the rich eastern province Santa Cruz, 86 per cent of voters opted for greater autonomy, with another three provinces preparing their own votes next month. Between them the four provinces account for 80 per cent of Bolivia's GDP.

”With the vote the start of a structural reform of transcendental importance in our nation has been consolidated,” Ruben Costas, the governor of Santa Cruz, said.

Missed his own point: there is no nation of Bolivia.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 5, 2008 11:18 AM
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