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2006-02-03 11:49:23

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales has walked a careful and pragmatic path in his first two weeks in office, despite predictions he might emulate Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as a leftist antagonist of Washington. The resounding election of leftist Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous president has raised hopes of political stability and economic growth in South America's poorest country, after turmoil that saw angry street protests topple two...

2006-01-23 12:07:16

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, turned to fellow socialists, Indians, grass-roots activists and women to form his Cabinet on Monday and ordered them to root out corruption and adopt a new leftist economic model. The 12 men and four women were sworn in by Morales, some pledging allegiance with a raised left fist, others with a hand on their heart, and a few with both gestures. This was Morales' first official act after...

2006-01-22 19:42:00

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist coca grower leader Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as the first indigenous president of Bolivia with ambitious plans to overhaul South America's poorest nation and reverse five centuries of discrimination against the Indian majority. The latest in a string of leftists to come to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest margin of...

2006-01-22 04:39:58

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia will swear in leftist Evo Morales as its first indigenous president on Sunday in a festive climate as the poor Indian majority celebrates the long-awaited rise to power of one of its own. Morales takes office after winning 54 percent of the vote on December 18 in the biggest landslide since the country's return to democracy in 1982. Bolivians rich and poor hope the historic handover will bring stability to their nation, South...

2006-01-20 11:06:45

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians rich and poor are hoping the inauguration of Evo Morales as their first indigenous president on Sunday will herald the start of a new era of peace and growth after years of turmoil. The election of Morales, an Aymara Indian who came into politics as the leader of the Andean country's coca farmers, follows a shift to the political left across Latin America where free-market policies have done little to ease poverty. The...

2005-12-20 17:35:12

DUBAI (Reuters) - The leftist winner of Bolivia's presidential election, Evo Morales, was quoted on Tuesday as calling President George W. Bush a "terrorist," but a spokesman in La Paz said the remark must have been mistranslated. Morales spoke in Spanish to Arabic satellite television station Al Jazeera, which dubbed his comments into Arabic. "The only terrorist in this world that I know of is Bush. His military intervention, such as the one in Iraq, that is state terrorism," Al...

2005-12-18 23:17:43

By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Evo Morales, a leftist former coca leaf farmer vowing to be a "nightmare for the U.S.," was poised to become Bolivia's first indigenous president on Sunday after likely clinching one of the biggest electoral victories in the country's history. Morales appeared certain to take office in January when his rivals conceded defeat and results tabulated by local media showed him garnering slightly more than 50 percent of the vote, much higher than...

2005-12-18 20:07:23

By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist Evo Morales, who says he is a "nightmare for the U.S.," held an ample lead over his conservative rival in Bolivia's presidential election on Sunday and appeared on the verge of becoming the country's first Indian leader. Morales, who has vowed to roll back a U.S-backed campaign to eradicate coca leaf growing, had between 47 percent and 50 percent support, according to results tabulated by four local television stations. The results...

2005-12-18 15:56:58

By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians went to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election that may hand power to their first Indian president -- a coca-leaf farm leader who calls his leftist movement "a nightmare for the U.S." Evo Morales, an admirer of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is expected to receive the most votes -- 34 percent, according to recent opinion polls. If elected, Morales will join a new generation of leftists in power in Argentina, Brazil,...

2005-12-17 15:30:35

By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - The outgoing president on Saturday said Bolivia's presidential election, in which a leftist U.S. critic is favored to win, was a test for democracy in South America's poorest country. Bolivians go to the polls on Sunday to choose their fourth leader in just over two years. Street protests over the country's economic policies forced two leaders from office during that time. "Bolivians have gone through a series of crises ... and we are...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.