Bolivia: President Vows to Fast Until Election Law Passes
President Evo Morales entered the second day of a hunger strike on Friday to press lawmakers to pass an elections law. He started fasting Thursday in protest of opposition lawmakers’ efforts to block the law, which is seen as helping him in a Dec. 6 general election by assigning more seats to poor, rural areas where he is popular. “It’s impossible to end the hunger strike,” Mr. Morales said after he and several indigenous and labor leaders spent the night on mattresses on the floor of the presidential palace. “First they have to follow the people’s will.” Mr. Morales, who according to a government official was not eating but was drinking water, said he was determined to continue fasting “for many days.” He urged hundreds of supporters, however, to call off their hunger strike during the Easter weekend.