Evo Morales

President of Bolivia
Born Oct 26, 1959

Juan Evo Morales Ayma, popularly known as Evo, is a Bolivian politician and activist, serving as President of Bolivia, a position that he has held since 2006. He is also the leader of both the Movement for Socialism party (MAS) and the Cocalero trade union.… Read More

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  • La Marcha De Las Mujeres.
    Huffington Post - 2 days ago
  • Editorial: In Bolivia, An Entrenched President
    NYTimes - 13 days ago
  • El Evo Ya No Es Pueblo
    Huffington Post - Jan 01, 2017
  • Bolivia's Morales Says He May Run For Fourth Term Despite Referendum Loss - Dec 19, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Evo Morales.


1959 Birth Morales was born in the small rural village of Isallawi in Orinoca Canton, part of western Bolivia's Oruro Department, on 26 October 1959. … Read More


1977 17 Years Old 1 More Event
After finishing primary education, Morales attended the Agrarian Humanistic Technical Institute of Orinoca (ITAHO), completing all but the final year. His parents then sent him to study for a degree in Oruro; although he did poorly academically, he finished all of his courses and exams by 1977, earning money on the side as a brick-maker, day labourer, baker and a trumpet player for the Royal Imperial Band. … Read More


1980 - 1983 4 More Events
1984 24 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1984 to 1985 Morales served as Secretary of Records for the movement, and in 1985 he became General Secretary of the August Second Headquarters. From 1984 to 1991 the sindicatos embarked on a series of protests against the forced eradication of coca by occupying local government offices, setting up roadblocks, going on hunger strike, and organizing mass marches and demonstrations.
1988 28 Years Old In 1988, Morales was elected to the position of Executive Secretary of the Federation of the Tropics.
1989 29 Years Old In 1989 he spoke at a one-year commemoratory event of the Villa Tunari massacre in which 11 coca farmers had been killed by agents of the Rural Area Mobile Patrol Unit (Unidad Móvil Policial para Áreas Rurales – UMOPAR). … Read More


1992 32 Years Old In 1992, he made various international trips to champion the cocalero cause, speaking at a conference in Cuba, and also traveling to Canada, during which he learned of his mother's death. … Read More
1994 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1994 Morales was arrested; reporters present at the scene witnessed him being beaten and accosted with racial slurs by civil agents. … Read More
1995 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Morales entered electoral politics in 1995, became the leader of the MAS and was elected to Congress. … Read More
1996 - 1998 2 More Events
1999 39 Years Old In the December 1999 municipal elections, the MAS secured 79 municipal council seats and 10 mayoral positions, gaining 3.27% of the national vote, although 70% of the vote in Cochabamba. … Read More


2001 41 Years Old In August 2001, Banzer resigned due to terminal illness, and Jorge Quiroga took over as President. … Read More
In 2002 he was expelled from Congress for encouraging protesters, although he came second in that year's presidential election.
Once elected in 2005, Morales increased taxation on the hydrocarbon industry to bolster social spending, emphasising projects to combat illiteracy, poverty, racism, and sexism. … Read More
He traveled to Cuba to spend time with Castro, before going to Venezuela, and then on tour to Europe, China and South Africa; he significantly avoided the U.S. In January 2006, Morales attended an indigenous spiritual ceremony at Tiwanaku where he was crowned Apu Mallku (Supreme Leader) of the Aymara, receiving gifts from indigenous peoples across Latin America. … Read More
Under Morales, Bolivia experienced unprecedented macroeconomic strength, resulting in the increase in value of its currency, the boliviano. His first year in office ended with no fiscal deficit; the first time this had happened in Bolivia for 30 years, while during the global financial crisis of 2007–08 it maintained some of the world's highest levels of economic growth. … Read More
Winning a recall referendum in 2008, he instituted a new constitution that established Bolivia as a plurinational state and was re-elected in 2009. … Read More
2009 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Many MAS activists reacted violently against the demands, and attempting to prevent this, Morales went on a five-day hunger strike in April 2009 to push the opposition to rescind their demands. … Read More


2010 50 Years Old Ultimately deeming the conference to have been a failure, he oversaw the World's People Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth outside of Cochabamba in April 2010. Following the victory of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, relations between Bolivia and the U.S. improved slightly, and in November 2009 the countries entered negotiations to restore diplomatic relations.
2011 51 Years Old 1 More Event
After the U.S. backed the 2011 military intervention in Libya by NATO forces, Morales condemned Obama, calling for his Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked.
2013 53 Years Old On 2 July 2013, Bolivia's foreign minister said that the diversion of Morales's presidential plane (FAB-001, a Dassault Falcon 900EX), when Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian authorities denied access to their airspace due to suspicions that Edward Snowden was on board the aircraft, had put the president's life at risk. … Read More
After becoming the world's oldest professional footballer by signing to a Bolivian team, he was again reelected in the 2014 general election. … Read More
2015 55 Years Old …  On October 17, 2015, Morales surpassed Andrés de Santa Cruz's nine years, eight months, and twenty-four days in office and became Bolivia's longest serving president. … Read More
2016 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In early February 2016 there were rumors that Morales had had a child with a woman, Gabriela Zapata Montaño, and had granted favors to the Chinese company for which she worked. … Read More
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