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    Bolivian Revolution Continues

    Leftist claims Bolivia poll win

    Monday, December 19, 2005; Posted: 5:52 a.m. EST (10:52 GMT)

    (CNN) -- Bolivian socialist leader Evo Morales has claimed victory in that turbulent Andean country's presidential election after conservative rival Jorge Quiroga conceded defeat.

    An Indian labor activist who advocates the distribution of Bolivia's natural gas revenue to the public, Morales rose from poverty and obscurity to become the leader of Bolivia's coca farmers.

    In the past four years, he has led rounds of protests that have shut down the capital, La Paz, and forced two presidents from office.

    "As a people who love their country, we have an enormous responsibility to change our history," Morales told supporters Sunday night.

    "This change that the people want is going to be respected."

    Official results are not expected until Monday. But Quiroga conceded after exit polls showed a stronger-than-expected showing for Morales.

    Morales, 46, is a friend and ally of Venezuela's outspoken leftist President Hugo Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro.

    He came to prominence blasting U.S.-backed "neoliberal" economic policies that Bolivian leaders adopted in the 1980s -- policies he said do little to help the country's impoverished Aymara and Quechua Indian majority -- and defending impoverished coca growers against U.S.-funded eradication efforts.

    The prospect of Morales now becoming president horrifies conservatives in Bolivia and in Washington, who say his radical form of socialism would be disastrous.

    "I think it would be the worst nightmare scenario for Washington, because right now you have a growing alliance between Venezuela and Cuba," said Andres Oppenheimer, a Latin American analyst and columnist for the Miami Herald. "What is now a duo may become a trio."

    Bolivia is one of the poorest and most politically turbulent countries in the region, with nearly 200 military coups in its history.

    Its current president, Eduardo Rodriguez, took over as in June after anti-government protests led by Morales forced then-president Carlos Mesa from office.

    Mesa took office in 2003 after similar protests forced his predecessor, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, to resign.

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    hmmmm this looks like it will be interesting, but then again im a Socialist. but they ent play they bold instead of hoping that the country recovers from all of its political turmoil, they studying how its going to affect washington steupsssssssssss



    morning powa

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    Hopefully he will be an agent of change for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otorongo
    Hopefully he will be an agent of change for the better.
    I am SURE that he will be an AGENT of CHANGE for the MAJORITY of PEOPLE in Bolivia, who by the way are indigenous Indians.

    Morales' most fervent support comes from Indians who see one of their own reversing what most see as more than 500 years of discrimination under leaders of European heritage, beginning with slavery in Spanish colonial silver mines.
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    This is very Interesting:

    Democracy empowering Socialists in Latin America.

    Democracy empowering Islamic Clerics in the Middle East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA
    I am SURE that he will be an AGENT of CHANGE for the MAJORITY of PEOPLE in Bolivia, who by the way are indigenous Indians.

    Morales' most fervent support comes from Indians who see one of their own reversing what most see as more than 500 years of discrimination under leaders of European heritage, beginning with slavery in Spanish colonial silver mines.
    The question is if the change will be good or not. Indigenous presidents have been elected before, and some did a good job and others did terrible jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otorongo
    The question is if the change will be good or not. Indigenous presidents have been elected before, and some did a good job and others did terrible jobs.
    The CHANGE will LIKELY be good for the MAJORITY in Bolivia.

    Who are these ELECTED INDIGENOUS leaders of Bolivia, prior to Morales??

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    Quote Originally Posted by VINCYPOWA
    The CHANGE will LIKELY be good for the MAJORITY in Bolivia.

    Who are these ELECTED INDIGENOUS leaders of Bolivia, prior to Morales??
    Not in Bolivia that I can think of, but Toledo in Peru is an example of a disaster. of course he sold himself as a populist but was a Bush puppet.



    Gutierrez of Ecuador didn't do to well either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Otorongo
    Not in Bolivia that I can think of, but Toledo in Peru is an example of a disaster. of course he sold himself as a populist but was a Bush puppet.



    Gutierrez of Ecuador didn't do to well either.

    I feel GOOD about MORALES...he will make a DIFFERENCE in BOLIVIA.

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