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Currently serving his third term as the President of the Bolivia, Evo Morales is known for implementing various social and economic reforms

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BirthdayOctober 26, 1959
NationalityBolivian
FamousPresident of Bolivia, Native Americans, Socialists, Leaders, Presidents
IdeologiesSocialists
SiblingsEsther Morales Ayma, Hugo Morales
Known asJuan Evo Morales Ayma, Evo, President Evo Morales
Childrens Álvaro Morales Paredes, Eva Liz Morales Alvarado
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Movement for Socialism
Birth PlaceOrinoca Canton
ReligionCatholicism
GenderMale
FatherDionisio Morales Choque
MotherMaria Mamani
Net Worth$.5 Million as of Jan 24,2017
Sun SignScorpio
Born inOrinoca Canton
Famous asPresident of Bolivia

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Who is Evo Morales?

Evo Morales is the current President of Bolivia, a post he has been holding since 2006. Born to impoverished indigenous parents in the remote mountainous part of his nation, young Evo learned the value of work by assisting his family in farming and herding to earn a living. After a devastating storm, his family migrated to a coca growing region. An avid sports fan, he learned the skills of leadership while captaining his team and worked equally well as a union organizer. After leading his fellow coca growers on a series of protests and strikes, Evo was persuaded to pursue a political path and was soon elected to the national congress. Despite strong opposition from powerful enemies abroad and domestic resistance to his cause, Morales won the ultimate contest and was swept into power as the country's first indigenous president. After radically reorienting his government, he has led his country on an independent and strongly autonomous path, preferring to spend budgetary windfalls on causes related to social justice over military hardware. Although he has repeatedly clashed with foreign powers, he managed to maintain his hold on the office of president. After winning a recent election, Morales is firmly positioned to guide his country for the foreseeable future.

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Childhood & Early Life

Juan Evo Morales Ayma was born on October 26, 1959 in Isallawi, Bolivia. Both of his parents were ethnic Aymara natives who worked as subsistence farmers in Orinoca Canton.

Evo's father, Dionisio Morales Choque, and his mother, Maria Ayma, had seven children but only three survived past childhood: Evo, his sister Esther and his brother Hugo.

As a child, his favorite past-time was soccer. But he had little time for sports as he worked on his family's farm, planting crops and herding llamas.

Although his family spoke the Aymara language at home, he quickly learned Spanish while attending elementary school in Argentina. He completed his high school studies in Orinoco, Bolivia.

In 1974, Morales attended the ‘Agrarian Technical Institute of Orinoco’ but dropped out before his final year.

A year later, his parents sent him to study in Ororu and he graduated in 1977.

Career

In 1977, after graduation he moved to Chapare Province to begin his mandatory service in the military. The following year, he began touring all over Bolivia, working as a journeyman laborer and bricklayer. He also earned money as a trumpet player, touring with the ‘Royal Imperial Band’.

In 1979, he joined his family in Cochabamba where he learned to grow local crops, including coca. The same year, he joined the trade union for coca growers and was appointed to the position of ‘Secretary of Sports’ there.

In 1982, he was promoted to General Secretary of his region's union syndicate. A year later, Morales and other coca growers were offered $2,500 by the United States government for each acre of coca that they eradicated. Morales refused the payout and began organizing fellow coca growers to resist the offer.

In 1989, he gave a commemorative speech on the anniversary of the ‘Villa Tunari Massacre’. The following day, government agents assaulted him, abandoning him in a remote mountain pass to die.

In 1994, he was arrested by the Bolivian government and brutally beaten while in custody. The next day, thousands of his supporters marched on the jail and he was released soon afterwards.

In 1995, he was arrested again and charged with fomenting a coup. Several of his alleged co-conspirators were badly tortured while in custody but ultimately no one was formally charged in the case. The same year, Morales's union formed a political party, the ‘Assembly for the Sovereignty of Peoples’ (ASP).

In 1996, Bolivia's ‘National Election Court’ ruled the ASP ineligible to stand for elections. The ASP then worked out a vote sharing agreement with a coalition of leftist parties.

In the 1997 elections, he was elected to represent the El Chapare region in the ‘National Congress’.

In 1998, factional infighting led to a schism in the ASP. Morales parted ways to form his own party, the ‘Movement for Socialism’ (MAS).

In 2001, Jorge Quiroga succeeded to the presidency of Bolivia. The United States pressured Quiroga to have him expelled from Congress.

After 140 deputies voted against him, Morales was expelled from the Congress in 2002 for allegedly having used inflammatory language that led to the death of two police officers in a shootout in his home region.

In late 2005, he defeated Jorge Quiroga in the presidential election. Assuming office the following year, he radically re-organized the government, increasing taxation on gas extraction and building large scale programs to combat illiteracy, sexism, poverty and racism.

In 2008, he won a nationwide vote of confidence that he himself initiated, to measure the level of his public support.

In 2009, UNESCO declared that Bolivia was freed of illiteracy. The same year, he was re-elected as president of Bolivia.

In 2013, the plane that was transporting Morales and his presidential entourage was brought down by authorities in Austria. Aviation officials had erroneously been informed that he was smuggling the famed whistleblower Edward Snowden on board.

In 2014, Morales was elected to a third term as president of Bolivia.

Major Works

He is the President of the State of Bolivia since January 22, 2006. The leader is known for his policies aimed at successfully eradicating illiteracy, and improving the economic conditions of the country. He also voices his support for environmentalist causes and rights of indigenous people.

Personal Life & Legacy

Morales is currently single and has never been married. He has two children from different relationships, son Alvaro Morales Paredes and daughter Eva Liz Morales Alvarado.

Trivia

Following Aymara tradition, Evo's placenta was buried in a traditional ceremony.

In 2014, Morales became the oldest professional soccer player in the world. He currently plays for team ‘Sport Boys Warnes’.

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Evo Morales biography timelines

  • // 26th Oct 1959
    Juan Evo Morales Ayma was born on October 26, 1959 in Isallawi, Bolivia. Both of his parents were ethnic Aymara natives who worked as subsistence farmers in Orinoca Canton.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, Morales attended the ‘Agrarian Technical Institute of Orinoco’ but dropped out before his final year.
  • // 1977
    A year later, his parents sent him to study in Ororu and he graduated in 1977.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, after graduation he moved to Chapare Province to begin his mandatory service in the military. The following year, he began touring all over Bolivia, working as a journeyman laborer and bricklayer. He also earned money as a trumpet player, touring with the ‘Royal Imperial Band’.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, he joined his family in Cochabamba where he learned to grow local crops, including coca. The same year, he joined the trade union for coca growers and was appointed to the position of ‘Secretary of Sports’ there.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, he was promoted to General Secretary of his region's union syndicate. A year later, Morales and other coca growers were offered $2,500 by the United States government for each acre of coca that they eradicated. Morales refused the payout and began organizing fellow coca growers to resist the offer.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he gave a commemorative speech on the anniversary of the ‘Villa Tunari Massacre’. The following day, government agents assaulted him, abandoning him in a remote mountain pass to die.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he was arrested by the Bolivian government and brutally beaten while in custody. The next day, thousands of his supporters marched on the jail and he was released soon afterwards.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he was arrested again and charged with fomenting a coup. Several of his alleged co-conspirators were badly tortured while in custody but ultimately no one was formally charged in the case. The same year, Morales's union formed a political party, the ‘Assembly for the Sovereignty of Peoples’ (ASP).
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Bolivia's ‘National Election Court’ ruled the ASP ineligible to stand for elections. The ASP then worked out a vote sharing agreement with a coalition of leftist parties.
  • // 1997
    In the 1997 elections, he was elected to represent the El Chapare region in the ‘National Congress’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, factional infighting led to a schism in the ASP. Morales parted ways to form his own party, the ‘Movement for Socialism’ (MAS).
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Jorge Quiroga succeeded to the presidency of Bolivia. The United States pressured Quiroga to have him expelled from Congress.
  • // 2002
    After 140 deputies voted against him, Morales was expelled from the Congress in 2002 for allegedly having used inflammatory language that led to the death of two police officers in a shootout in his home region.
  • // 2005
    In late 2005, he defeated Jorge Quiroga in the presidential election. Assuming office the following year, he radically re-organized the government, increasing taxation on gas extraction and building large scale programs to combat illiteracy, sexism, poverty and racism.
  • // 22nd Jan 2006
    He is the President of the State of Bolivia since January 22, 2006. The leader is known for his policies aimed at successfully eradicating illiteracy, and improving the economic conditions of the country. He also voices his support for environmentalist causes and rights of indigenous people.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he won a nationwide vote of confidence that he himself initiated, to measure the level of his public support.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, UNESCO declared that Bolivia was freed of illiteracy. The same year, he was re-elected as president of Bolivia.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, the plane that was transporting Morales and his presidential entourage was brought down by authorities in Austria. Aviation officials had erroneously been informed that he was smuggling the famed whistleblower Edward Snowden on board.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Morales was elected to a third term as president of Bolivia.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Morales became the oldest professional soccer player in the world. He currently plays for team ‘Sport Boys Warnes’.

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Evo Morales's FAQ

  • What is Evo Morales birthday?

    Evo Morales was born at 1959-10-26

  • Where is Evo Morales's birth place?

    Evo Morales was born in Orinoca Canton

  • What is Evo Morales nationalities?

    Evo Morales's nationalities is Bolivian

  • What is Evo Morales ideologies?

    Evo Morales's ideologies is Socialists

  • Who is Evo Morales siblings?

    Evo Morales's siblings is Esther Morales Ayma, Hugo Morales

  • Who is Evo Morales childrens?

    Evo Morales's childrens is Álvaro Morales Paredes, Eva Liz Morales Alvarado

  • Which company or organization was founded by Evo Morales?

    Evo Morales was the founder/co-founder of Movement for Socialism

  • What is Evo Morales's religion?

    Evo Morales's religion is Catholicism

  • Who is Evo Morales's father?

    Evo Morales's father is Dionisio Morales Choque

  • Who is Evo Morales's mother?

    Evo Morales's mother is Maria Mamani

  • What is Evo Morales's sun sign?

    Evo Morales is Scorpio

  • How famous is Evo Morales?

    Evo Morales is famouse as President of Bolivia