HAVANA, CUBA.- Presidents Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa and Fernando Lugo of Venezuela, Ecuador and Paraguay, respectively, arrived this Friday in Bolivia to attend the inauguration of Evo Morales Ayma, who was recently re-elected for a second term in office.
In the early hours of this Friday, Chavez and Correa arrived at the international airport in the city of El Alto where they were greeted by Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca.
Lugo arrived shortly afterwards to the airport terminal where he was welcomed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hugo Fernandez, Telesur network reported.
Upon arrival, Chavez said he was pleased that his Bolivian counterpart begins a second five-year term and congratulated all Bolivians for this new stage in the history of their country with Evo Morales ahead.
Correa said “Evo Morales is the main protagonist of a new era in his country that marks the irreversible awakening of the people.”
The president of Paraguay, Lugo, said he was pleased by the current state of relations between his country and Bolivia while he expressed confidence in further strengthening these links.
Other leaders who arrived yesterday in La Paz for the swearing-in ceremony include the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón; Chilean President Michelle Bachelet; the head of government of the Sahrawi Arab Republic, Mohamned Abdelaziz; and the French Cooperation Minister, Alain Joyandet.
Morales, the first South American president of indigenous origin – who has ruled Bolivia since 2006 - starts today his second term in office until 2015.
The Bolivian leader won the presidential elections held last December 6th with 64% of the votes, a result that analysts describe as overwhelming and historic.
The inauguration ceremony will begin at 10 am on Friday (1400 GMT) at the headquarters of the Bolivian Legislature, reported Telesur.
Evo Morales on Thursday received the ceremonial staff that anointed him as President of the indigenous peoples, a traditional ritual held at Puerta del Sol, in the town of Tiwanaku, 71 kilometers from La Paz.