Bolivia Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the poor indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.
But the charter’s low support in Bolivia’s lowland east — which controls much of the nation’s wealth and fiercely opposes Morales’ plans to empower long-suffering highland Indians — leaves the racially torn country as divided as ever.
Its passage nevertheless marked a historic transition in a nation where the oldest voters can still recall when Indians were forbidden to vote.
The central reform of Morales’ three-year administration won 59 percent to 41 percent, according to an unofficial quick count by television network ATB, with a three-percentage point margin of error. A final tally will be announced in 10 days.