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Bolivian President-Elect Invites Social Movement Leaders to Inauguration


Bolivia's president-elect, Evo Morales, says he plans to invite the leaders of several South American social movement groups, along with Nobel Prize laureates and heads of state, to his January 22 inauguration.

A spokesman for Mr. Morales says he has sent invitations to the leaders of Brazil's landless movement, Argentina's unemployed workers' groups and several Ecuadorian Indian groups.

Also on the invitation list are Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala, Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina and Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Colombia.

Heads of state on the guest list include the presidents of Venezuela, Cuba, Paraguay and Peru.

The spokesman says Mr. Morales plans a traditional inauguration ceremony followed by a traditional Indian ritual.

Some information for this report provided by AP.