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Morales agrees to recall vote

May 9, 2008

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— President Evo Morales has agreed to stand for election in a nationwide recall vote, gambling that Bolivians will re-elect him after just two years in office.

Congress on Thursday passed a bill ordering the recall referendum, but did not set a date. Morales says he will sign the bill.

The measure would require Morales and Bolivia's nine state governors to win both a greater percentage and total number of votes than they did in 2005. If they fall short, they will face a new general election.

Morales proposed a recall vote to shore up support last year, amid a fierce political battle over his draft constitution.

Bolivian state governors did not immediately respond.

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