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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

In Bolivia, An Apparent Loss For President Evo Morales

A man is seen walking next to a graffiti that reads "Evo no" after the referendum rejection in El Alto, Bolivia, on February 21. Bolivians on Sunday rejected leftist President Evo Morales' bid to seek a fourth term and potentially extend his presidency until 2025, local media reported. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

A man is seen walking next to a graffiti that reads “Evo no” after the referendum rejection in El Alto, Bolivia, on February 21. Bolivians on Sunday rejected leftist President Evo Morales’ bid to seek a fourth term and potentially extend his presidency until 2025, local media reported. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

Votes are still being counted in Bolivia, following a weekend referendum that asked voters whether they wanted to amend the constitution to allow the president to run for a fourth term.

With more than 80 percent of votes counted, it appears the referendum is headed for defeat. That’s a big blow to President Evo Morales, the first indigenous president, who has been in power for a decade and was looking to extend his time in office.

To discuss the referendum, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Martín Sivak, author of “Evo Morales: The Extraordinary Rise of the First Indigenous President of Bolivia.”

Guest

  • Martín Sivak, author and journalist. He tweets (in Spanish) @sivakme.

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