UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Jan. 27 congratulated the people of Bolivia for taking part at the weekend in a peaceful national referendum approving the amendment of the country's Constitution. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said he was following with great interest the political developments in the Andean country, where the referendum included the constitutional expansion of indigenous people's rights, as well as an extension of presidential term limits. Ban applauded the calm atmosphere while the polls were open, and the high level of participation, as a demonstration of civic responsibility. (UN News Service)

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