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2008-09-24 19:05:00

The fate of Bolivian farmers such as Julio Mamani hang in the balance amid erupting violence this month following leftist reforms put in place by President Evo Morales. Morales, the country's first Indian president, has increased state control of the nation's economy, and has distributed roughly 2.47 million acres of land to indigenous peasants."Because I don't own land I feel like I've got nothing in life," 44 year old Mamani said. "Thanks to Evo we're going to have a piece of the land that...

2008-08-26 18:00:43

Text of report by leading Bolivian newspaper La Razon website on 25 August [Editorial: "The Fragility of Bolivian Gas"] The conference entitled "Bolivia, Gas and Energy," which was organized by the Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons in Santa Cruz, has made it clear that Bolivia's neighbours are preparing to bring in supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from overseas. Brazil, the country that consumes the most Bolivian natural gas, recently inaugurated a regasification plant in Ceara in...

2006-07-02 22:15:43

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - The leftist party led by Bolivian President Evo Morales will dominate a national assembly elected on Sunday to rewrite the country's constitution, but it will not have absolute control, unofficial projected results showed. Constitutional reform was a key election promise of coca farmer Morales, the South American nation's first indigenous president, and he has billed the effort as a way to cement his leftist reforms and empower the poor,...

2006-07-02 18:24:28

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales' leftist allies will dominate a national assembly elected on Sunday to rewrite the country's constitution but not with the massive majority he wanted, exit polls showed. Constitutional reform was an election pledge of coca farmer Morales, the South American nation's first indigenous president, and he has billed the effort as a way to cement his leftist reforms and empower the poor, indigenous majority....

2006-07-02 12:16:20

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians will elect a national assembly on Sunday to rewrite the constitution, a project President Evo Morales says will cement his leftist reforms and empower the poor, indigenous majority. Constitutional reform was a key election promise of coca farmer Morales, who took office as the South American country's first indigenous president in January vowing to end 500 years of domination by a white elite. "Today is the start of Bolivia's...

2006-06-28 19:49:34

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a national assembly to rewrite the constitution, a project President Evo Morales says will give more power to the country's poor indigenous majority. Constitutional reform was a major election promise of leftist Morales, who took office as the South American country's first indigenous president in January vowing to end 500 years of domination by a white elite. Sunday's vote -- which includes a...

2006-06-05 07:20:00

By Monica Machicao MONTERO, Bolivia (Reuters) - Like hundreds of thousands of Bolivian peasants, Justina Cesari has no land to call her own. For the last year, she has been squatting illegally with her family on a vast sugar-cane plantation. Bolivian President Evo Morales has vowed to redistribute idle farmland to poor peasants, alarming wealthy landowners in the agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz where sprawling cattle ranches and soy farms stretch across the tropical plains. But for...

2006-06-04 10:33:50

Please read in byline ... "By Edwin Guzman" ... instead of ... "By Edwin Roque" . A corrected repetition follows: By Edwin Guzman SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, took a first step on Saturday toward handing over a fifth of the country's territory to poor farmers, a day after angry landowners vowed to form self-defense groups. Morales chose the eastern city of Santa Cruz, the landowners' power base in Bolivia's agricultural heartland, to...

2006-06-03 17:58:53

By Edwin Roque SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, took a first step on Saturday toward handing over a fifth of the country's territory to poor farmers, a day after angry landowners vowed to form self-defense groups. Morales chose the eastern city of Santa Cruz, the landowners' power base in Bolivia's agricultural heartland, to award 60 titles to 7.8 million acres of former government land to some of the poor peasants who support him. "The...

2006-06-03 11:10:46

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Angry Bolivian landowners vowed to form land-defense groups as talks with the leftist government broke down over plans to redistribute a fifth of the impoverished South American country's land. Jose Cespedes, a leader of a farm group in eastern Santa Cruz, told local television late on Friday that landowners would form committees to defend properties in the region, home to vast cattle ranches and soy plantations which stretch across tropical plains. "If...