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  • Evo Morales has led the country since 2006 and has been granted the right to run again in 2019.

    Evo Morales has led the country since 2006 and has been granted the right to run again in 2019. | Photo: EFE

Published 15 August 2018

"I want to return to my region to harvest coca, that's the great desire I have, but it is not easy to reject it when the people push you," President Evo Morales said.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales has said that although he would prefer farming coca than running in the 2019 elections, the public has asked him to return for a fourth stint in office.

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"The people ask me to return, I do not want to... I want to return to my region to harvest coca, that's the great desire I have, but it is not easy to reject it when the people push you," Morales said.

Morales has led the country since 2006 and has alluded to improving the country's bovine and beef sectors before his term comes to an end.

"When I go to Yacuiba, on the border with Paraguay, they invite me to barbecue Paraguayan or Argentine cattle, and we want to have Bolivian meat," the president told Pagina Siete.

Since Morales' inauguration, Bolivia's poverty levels have fallen by 3.5 percent; 5,200 schools and 49 hospitals have been built, and the country's economic independence has grown significantly.

Through his Twitter account, Morales explained: "Our main achievement is economic liberation thanks to the nationalization of our natural resources and strategic companies, with the unity of the Bolivian people nothing is impossible."

And he thanked the Bolivian people for giving him one last shot at the presidency.

During an interview last month, former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa praised the Bolivian leader: "Evo Morales makes history in Latin America, the leader who transformed his dear Bolivia."

Morales won the last three presidential elections with more than 50 percent of the votes. He was granted the right to run again in 2019.

The next elections are scheduled for October 2019.


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