Evo Morales: 10 Years Empowering Indigenous People
Bolivian President Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous head of state, has worked to empower indigenous people in his country during his 10 years in power. Indigenous people constitute approximately 62 percent of the total population of Bolivia, which was officially renamed the Plurinational State of Bolivia under Morales, to reflect its multicultural reality.
In 10 years, Indigenous President Evo Morales has enabled government and popular movements to make significant social progress.
Bolivian President Evo Morales gave the annual address Friday as he also marked the 10th anniversary of his administration and six years since the foundation of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Morales recalled that under the “neoliberal governments” in 2002, he was expelled from parliament and accused of being a terrorist and drug trafficker, but he said lies can not be hidden and so the people elected him as president.
“Change is hard sometimes, but its necessary,” Morales said, adding that “Peace can only be achieved through social justice.”
IN DEPTH: 10 Years of Evo
The country’s first indigenous head of state gave a detailed report on the 10 years of progressive government. He spoke about the advances in tax collection and the increase in people’s purchasing power.
ANALYSIS: Getting to Know Evo
During the 10 years that Evo Morales has been president, extreme poverty has been significantly reduced and economic growth has been among the highest in the region at over 5 percent a year. The Andean nation’s exports have risen to US$10 billion, Morales said