Political tensions rise in Bolivia
Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2007
Political divisions appear to have deepened in Bolivia after four provinces controlled by the opposition put forward plans for greater autonomy from the central government.
The move comes as large rallies were held in the country both in support and opposition of Evo Morales, the president.
Thousands of Morales supporters marched through the city of La Paz to celebrate the unveiling of a new constitution that has divided public opinion in the country.
"This is a historic day ... the people will never again be marginalised," Morales told crowds outside the presidential palace after the president of the constitutional assembly submitted a copy of the new charter.
Morales accused his opponents of seeking to split the nation. "We're not going to let anyone divide Bolivia," he said.
The president has said a declaration of autonomy in the eastern city of Santa Cruz is illegal and unconstitutional.
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