Bolivia court says Evo Morales can run a 3rd time

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 8:33 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's constitutional court says President Evo Morales can run for a third term in elections set for December 2014.

The court says language in the country's 2009 constitution that allows for only a single re-election does not apply retroactively to Morales' first term.

Morales, who is Bolivia's first indigenous president, first won election in December 2005 — before the new constitution was enacted. He then was re-elected in a landslide in 2009.

Opposition politicians say Monday's ruling is evidence that Bolivia's courts are under Morales' sway.

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