The Tuesday ruling upheld a Constitutional Court ruling from last year that cited the American Convention on Human Rights, saying there should be no restriction on elections. Constitutional scholars have questioned whether an international treaty can take precedence over the country’s constitution.
Morales, who has been in office since 2006, has claimed that not allowing him to run in the October 2019 presidential election would be a violation of his human rights. Already the longest-serving leader in South America, Tuesday’s decision could allow him to remain in office until 2025, and perhaps beyond.
js/sms (AP,AFP, dpa)
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