Although the official results for the Sunday referendum on abolishing presidential term limits in Bolivia are not yet in, exit polls and preliminary results point to a heavy blow for President Evo Morales, who championed the “Yes” cause. If the “No” option prevails, Morales will be banned from seeking re-election when his current term expires in 2019.
Yet the referendum defeat will also offer an opportunity to the first indigenous president and the longest-serving head of state in the history of Bolivia. In the next three years, Morales will have enough time to prepare a successor who can prolong the legacy of his indigenous revolution. The Bolivian president can still build a strong legacy as a democratic leader who made Bolivia a much better country and who stepped down democratically.
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