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Bolivian President Calls for Popular Vote on His Mandate


Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced he will seek a popular vote on whether to remain president as tension rises over his efforts to reform the country's constitution.

Mr. Morales said Wednesday on national television that he will send Congress a proposal to put his leadership to a referendum. He also challenged opposition governors to do the same.

He did not provide any details on the proposed vote.

Violence has flared in Bolivia amid efforts by an assembly to rewrite the constitution. Last month, unrest broke out in the city of Sucre, killing four people, after the assembly approved a framework for the new constitution.

President Morales has said the constitutional changes will give Bolivia's indigenous majority more political power. Critics say the changes unfairly reduce the power of the country's nine provinces.

Under the new constitution, Mr. Morales will be allowed to seek reelection as often as he likes.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.