Bolivia set to adopt new constitution empowering indigenous majority

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Since Francisco Pizarro’s conquistadors first clanked into their domain almost 500 years ago, Bolivia‘s indigenous people have been subjugated and marginalised by European overlords and their descendants.

But after a bruising struggle between supporters and opponents of President Evo Morales, the country is now poised to adopt a new constitution which could prove a watershed for South America. A referendum on Sunday is expected to endorse a charter which supporters say will empower the indigenous majority and roll back half a millennium of colonialism, discrimination and humiliation.

Indigenous leaders gathered in the baroque hall of La Paz’s presidential palace this week to give thanks to their champion Morales, a former llama herder who rose to the highest office and delivered, as he promised, a revolution.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/23/bolivia-indigenous-charter

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