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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 06:41 AM
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12. Castro urged ballots, not guns, for Bolivia's populist revolution, Morales says
Castro urged ballots, not guns, for Bolivia's populist revolution, Morales says
The Associated Press
Published: December 29, 2006

LA PAZ, Bolivia: President Evo Morales said Friday that his close ally Fidel Castro advised him to shun arms for his populist cause and to instead change Bolivia through a democratic revolution similar to that led by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The Cuban president, who once tried to spread armed revolt throughout South America, "never told me that you have to take up arms, never," Morales said in an interview Friday with Bolivian radio network Fides.

"At the beginning of 2003, when I was invited to a big conference in Cuba, he said, 'Don't do what I did; don't have an armed uprising,'" Morales recalled. "'Lead a democratic revolution, like Chavez's, with a constitutional assembly.'"

Morales is trying to use an assembly to rewrite Bolivia's constitution, giving more power to its long-downtrodden Indian majority, following the example of Chavez, who presided over a 1999 redrafting of the constitution that lengthened presidential terms and allowed presidents a second consecutive term.
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http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/29/america/LA_GE...
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