Morales suffers setback


President Evo Morales is believed to have suffered a setback yesterday when voters took to the polls to elect new Judges.

A total of 56 judges were elected from 114 candidates. The list was drawn up by Congress where Morales’ Movement of Deputies dominates. The opposition declared that the list was not representative and asked people to boycott the election or cast invalid or blank ballot papers.

Whilst official results are not expected until the end of this week, an Ipsos unofficial count of around three quarters of the papers suggests that 61% of the ballot papers were invalid or blank.

If this is correct then this will be a major blow for the president whose popularity has been falling following a number of poor policy decisions this year. Earlier in the year he said that he was ending gasoline subsidies and then reversed his decision after protests. More recently he was forced to halt work on a highway because of mass protests and the resignation of a number of his ministers.

He has said that he intends to stand for a third term in 2014, having won in 2005 and 2009.

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