Bolivia: Leftists win big in assembly

July 3, 2006 at 2:13 PM
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LA PAZ, Bolivia, July 3 (UPI) -- Supporters of Bolivian President Evo Morales appear to have won a majority in the new assembly that will write the country's new constitution.

Backers of the leftist Morales won 133 out of 255 seats, reported La Razon newspaper, though the results are not yet final.

Since assuming office earlier this year, Morales has made a number of radical changes to the continent's poorest country.

In May, he announced the nationalization of the country's oil and gas sector, a move that sent shockwaves through Latin America and sparked concerns in Washington that Bolivia was becoming a socialist-style state.

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