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Morales vows to fight Bolivia poverty

•, Agencies

Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for the complete eradication of extreme poverty in his country by 2025, in an address marking his country's Independence Day.

Morales delivered his annual message, which also serves as a kind of "State of the Union" address, in the western city of Oruro on Monday.

The speech focused on his goals for fighting poverty and improving access to basic services by the time Bolivia celebrates its bicentennial in 2025, 200 years after the country gained independence from Spain.

He also called for improved food security and access to electricity and portable water for every citizen.

Bolivia is one of the poorest country in South America, with about a quarter of the population making less than $2 a day.

In addition to poverty, Bolivia wrestles with social unrest and crime

The president participated in traditional indigenous ceremonies and led a military parade as part of the Independence Day festivities.

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