Morales is sworn in for a third period

President of Bolivia Evo Morales on Thursday was sworn in for the third time as his country's head of state, and set as his primary objective reduce further poverty levels up to the end of his term in 2020.

President of Bolivia Evo Morales on Thursday was sworn in for the third time as his country's head of state, and set as his primary objective reduce further poverty levels up to the end of his term in 2020.

The 56-year-old accepted the presidency before the Plurinational Legislative Assembly in La Paz, joined by 36 senators and 130 lawmakers from Bolivia's nine governmental departments.

“In a short time we have improved the economic and social situation but we still have to consolidate our transformation process. We have democracy and political stability, that surprises me,” Evo stated after the ceremony.

The head of state explained that in the next five years he would push for the construction of hospitals of all levels and for judicial reform.

“But we will fight against poverty, to reduce it to 8%” he said. Bolivia has 15% of its population in extreme poverty, according to international organizations.

A host of presidents from the Latin American region, including Nicolás Maduro, of Venezuela; Dilma Rousseff, Brazil; Paraguay's Horario Cartes; Luis Guillermo Solís, of Costa Rica; Ecuador's Rafael Correa; Anthony Carmona, from Trinidad & Tobago, and Namibia prime minister Hage Geingob were in attendance.

Argentina vice-president Amado Boudou represented Argentina, while Peru and Cuba also sent vice-presidents to the ceremony.

Merco Press

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