Bolivian president Morales claims victory in referendum and UN secretary applauds it.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed on Tuesday the “peaceful climate” in Bolivia’s referendum on a new Constitution.

    “He applauds the peaceful climate that prevailed during the voting as well as the high level of participation, and congratulates the people of Bolivia for this demonstration of civic responsibility,” said a statement issued by Ban’s press office.

    The secretary-general urged “all political leaders in Bolivia to work together henceforth to build a prosperous and inclusive future for their country.”

    The UN system will continue to assist the government and the people of Bolivia to face the challenges ahead, he added.

    Bolivians went to the polls on Sunday to vote on the constitution which would give more power to the country’s indigenous majority, promote reform on agricultural land and allow President Evo Morales to seek re-election for another term.

    Preliminary results showed that about 60 percent of voters voted for the new Constitution.


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