Leaders from Bolivia's indigenous community conduct a ceremony to swear in President Evo Morales at the Tiahuanaco ruins. Tara Cleary reports.
Bolivia's president, Evo Morales enters the arena for a special swearing-in ceremony. Morales, an Aymara Indian, was honored by indigenous people and politicians at pre-Incan ruins in Tiahuanaco. SOUNDBITE: Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, saying (Spanish): "It's a special and historic day to reaffirm our identity, our cultural, democratic revolution. We are living through times of pachakuti (return to balance)." The location was chosen because it represents the "roots" of Andean and Amazonian cultures, some scholars believing the Tiahuanaco Indians were the mother culture of the Americas. And Morales says tradition and rituals will allow Bolivia to be a stronger country. SOUNDBITE: Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, saying (Spanish): "A lot of people think we are suggesting returning to the past. We are not proposing to return to the past. It's not a romantic return but rather a scientific recovery of the best of our past to culminate with modernity." Morales' anti-poverty programs and nationalization of natural gas and oil have earned him wide support in Bolivia.