Potemkin wrote:I repeat what I said earlier: the election was legal (though politically unwise, in retrospect) - the Bolivian Supreme Court had overturned the law on term limits. The election was legal; the coup was illegal.
The problem with this is that if society doesn't value democracy then indeed it is not illegal. As you said, it was overturned by the Supreme Court so it was legal. It still goes against principles of a democratic society. I am not disputing the legality or illegality part.
Its like saying your communist while at the same time killing people in sweatshops from over work.
If Evo Morales said that we are transitioning to autocratic one party rule because democracy is not working for us then it would be fine. I wouldn't say a word regarding violating term limits. (I would complain that autocratic rule will not work) Since i assume he wanted to keep democracy around but still stay in power so he gets the criticism.
Indeed. Different countries set different limits on the terms. But there are rough guidelines where and when you exceed the norms of democracy. 14 years in power is definitely over any interpretation of term limits in my opinion. It is not smooth sailing for everyone even in democratic societies because of those rules. Obama would have destroyed Trump but he wasn't allowed to run from one side. This is democracy. Then on the other side we have Merkel in Germany who is not necessarily a bad politician but she has been in power for so long that no new ideas appear in the political field or at least restricted because of her.
I am fully aware that those term limits are not all good. The problem is that they are necessary. In my opinion, for example, Merkel is also already going over the term limit guidelines. She needs to go also, not because she is a bad polictian, but simply because she has been in power too long. I guess she is an example comparable to Morales. She has been in power for 14 years and Morales also was 14 years i think. Both of them are not bad and I would even say good politicians but it doesn't mean that those 14 years do not build up anger against them even as good as they are. 14 years is way too long. Merkel aknowledges that compared to Morales. Right now she is wrapping up and seems will retire from politics soon, depending on how long the coalition survives.