Evo for ever? Bolivia scraps term limits as critics blast ‘coup’ to keep Morales in power

guardianOrinoca, a tiny, poor village in south-west Bolivia, is an unlikely home for the monolithic Museum of the Democratic and Cultural Revolution. But this is is the birthplace of Evo Morales, the country’s president since 2006, and he remains the star of the show.

The museum houses personal belongings – including a pair of shoes he wore as a child and a roomfull of football shirts – and about 5,000 keepsakes from around the indigenous-majority country.

But the focus on Morales also hints at what critics call mounting authoritarianism by the president and his Movement Toward Socialism (Mas). …

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