July 04, 2006

Results of the Bolivian Constituent Assembly and the Autonomic Referendum Vote

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On July 2, 2006 Bolivia voted to elect the representatives to the Constituent Assembly (CA), which yet again aims to create a better state. On the same day, they were asked to voice their oppinion (in a referendum) about whether or not the issue of departmental autonomy should be included and carried out in the CA.

It is now Tuesday, July 4, 2006 (Happy 4 of July USA) and some preliminary results are in from La Razon's own projections:




Of course, the preliminary results from the National Electoral Court paint a different "preliminary" picture.

Followed are links to reactions of the world press:

Today:


Bolivia's actions change the rules in South AmericaHouston Chronicle Mon, 03 Jul 2006 10:55 PM PDTPresident Evo Morales' nationalist move to grab control of Bolivia's vast natural gas holdings is shaking up the energy picture throughout the region.
Bolivia: Leftists win big in assemblyUPI Mon, 03 Jul 2006 11:29 AM PDTLA PAZ, Bolivia, July 3 (UPI) -- Supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales appear to have won a majority in the new assembly that will write the country's new constitution.
Bolivia president's bid to consolidate power sees setbackSan Jose Mercury News Mon, 03 Jul 2006 3:32 AM PDTPresident Evo Morales' ambitious plans to empower Bolivia's indigenous majority and boost state control over the economy suffered a setback Sunday when his party failed to win control of an assembly that will rewrite the constitution, unofficial preliminary results showed.
World: Leftist party leads voting in BoliviaFort Wayne Journal Gazette Mon, 03 Jul 2006 4:35 AM PDTPresident Evo Morales’ party won a majority Sunday in elections for an assembly that will retool Bolivia’s constitution but fell short of the two-thirds needed to push through its leftist agenda, according to unofficial preliminary results.
Autonomy vote may dampen Morales agendaAP via Yahoo! News Mon, 03 Jul 2006 8:38 PM PDTThe fractious outcome of a vote on autonomy for Bolivia's states and the government's apparent failure to win enough backing to rewrite the constitution could dampened the leftist agenda of President Evo Morales.
Election outcomes in Mexico, Bolivia ease U.S. anxietyMiami Herald Tue, 04 Jul 2006 0:02 AM PDTThe Bush administration emerged a quiet winner as the dust settled after a tumultuous electoral Sunday in Latin America. In Mexico, conservative candidate Felipe Calderón was clinging to a narrow but apparently insurmountable lead against left-wing challenger Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Leftward tilt stalls in Latin AmericaThe News & Observer Mon, 03 Jul 2006 11:46 PM PDTVotes in Mexico, Bolivia to Bush's advantage.
Bolivia Takes Another Step in Energy NationalizationRigzone Mon, 03 Jul 2006 10:32 AM PDTBolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday ushered in a new era for the country's natural gas industry, presiding over a ceremony in which the state-run YPFB energy firm was made the nation's exclusive wholesale fuel distributor.
Morales backers fail to win controlAP via Yahoo! News Mon, 03 Jul 2006 0:55 AM PDTPresident Evo Morales' supporters failed to win control of an assembly that will rewrite Bolivia's constitution, leaving him no choice but to compromise over his ambitious plans to empower the indigenous majority and boost state control over the economy.

Yesterday:


Bolivia launches constitutional reformIndian Country Today Sun, 02 Jul 2006 10:57 PM PDTCUSCO, Peru - It began as a long march by indigenous people through the Amazon jungle in 1990, shook the streets of Bolivia in 2003 and 2005, brought down two presidents and elected the first Indian president of Bolivia in December 2005.
Morales' grand plans are dealt a setbackAP via Yahoo! News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 9:48 PM PDTPresident Evo Morales' ambitious plans to empower Bolivia's indigenous majority and boost state control over the economy suffered a setback Sunday when his party failed to win control of an assembly that will rewrite the constitution, unofficial results showed.
Bolivians Elect Assembly to Revise ConstitutionWashington Post Sun, 02 Jul 2006 8:31 PM PDTLA PAZ, Bolivia, July 2 -- Bolivians voted Sunday for a national assembly to retool the constitution, a key step in President Evo Morales's plans to cement his reforms and give more power to the Andean nation's Indian majority.
Bolivians Vote on President's Plan to Overhaul ConstitutionNew York Times Sun, 02 Jul 2006 8:02 PM PDTBolivians also voted Sunday on whether to grant more fiscal and political autonomy to Bolivia's nine states.
Morales party doesn't get needed majorityAP via Yahoo! News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 6:44 PM PDTPresident Evo Morales' ambitious plans to empower Bolivia's indigenous majority and boost state control over the economy suffered a setback Sunday when his party failed to win control of an assembly that will rewrite the constitution, unofficial preliminary results showed.
Morales' party falls short of two-thirds majority in assembly: exit pollsAFP via Yahoo! News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 7:08 PM PDTThe party of President Evo Morales has won a narrow majority in Bolivia's future constitutional assembly, falling far short of the number of seats needed to single-handedly rewrite the country's constitution, an exit poll showed.
Morales party fails to win needed majorityAP via Yahoo! News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 5:40 PM PDTPresident Evo Morales' party won a majority Sunday in elections for an assembly that will retool Bolivia's constitution but fell short of the two-thirds needed to push through its leftist agenda, according to unofficial preliminary results.
Bolivia votes on Morales reformsBBC News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 7:01 AM PDTBolivians are voting on plans by President Evo Morales for a new assembly that will rewrite the constitution.
Morales' Grand Plans Are Dealt a SetbackABC News Sun, 02 Jul 2006 8:21 PM PDTMorales' Party Fails to Win Two-Thirds Majority Needed to Push Through Leftist Agenda in Bolivia
Morales' Grand Plans Are Dealt a SetbackSan Francisco Chronicle Sun, 02 Jul 2006 8:39 PM PDTPresident Evo Morales' ambitious plans to empower Bolivia's indigenous majority and boost state control over the economy suffered a setback Sunday when his party failed to win control of an assembly that will rewrite the constitution, unofficial results...

Analysis must come later, once the official results are clear or the national authorities report them.

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