LA PAZ (Sputnik) — On February 21, Bolivia is scheduled to hold a constitutional referendum, as Morales is planning to amend the country's constitution and abolish the limit on presidential terms in order to run for the fourth term during the 2019 presidential elections.
"The government wants the eternal power, but [does] not want to respond to the challenges of corruption, fraudulent management, drug trafficking and many other problems it has," Jorge Quiroga, who was the Bolivian president in 2001-2002, told reporters on Tuesday.
Quiroga called on Morales to respect the constitutional order and not to sacrifice it for the sake of the government interests.
The opposition leader said that "there are winds of change that will reach Bolivia," referring to the recent change of government in Argentina and the historic opposition victory in Venezuela's parliamentary elections.
Morales, the country's first indigenous leader, has been the President of Bolivia since January 2006. In 2008, the country held a referendum to recall the president, but to the dismay of the right-wing opposition, Morales received the support of 67 percent of voters and remained the leader of Bolivia.
The Bolivian constitution allows the president to hold office only for two consecutive terms, but in 2013, the Bolivian Constitutional Court ruled that Morales had a right to run for the third term.