24 February 2016
Bolivian President Evo Morales | Photo: EFE
Bolivian President Evo Morales acknowledged the country’s national referendum results on Wednesday.
The Bolivian government promised its supporters Wednesday that it would continue to adopt progressive political policies, despite the outcome of the country’s national referendum.
We may have lost a battle, but not the war
“We may have lost a battle, but not the war,” said President Evo Morales, referring to the national referendum results on presidential term limits, which prevents the Bolivian leader from running for reelection in 2019.
During a press conference Wednesday, President Morales acknowledged the referendum results but promised to continue governing in the “interests of the poor and marginalized.”
Right-wing opposition’s coordinated media campaign
In his speech, Morales accused right-wing opposition groups of launching a coordinated media campaign in efforts to undermine and discredit his administration.
“Some media outlets fulfilled the interests of political parties,” Morales stated.
Moving forward, Morales announced that various high-ranking members from his administration will meet with leaders from Bolivian social movements in order to evaluate the political implications following the referendum outcome.
Official final results will not be announced until Thursday. However, with 99.5 percent of the votes counted, the “No” side holds a 3 percent lead over the “Yes” with 51.3 percent versus 48.7 percent.