(above) Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, and his Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, left of Morales, applaud as they watch a parade after they were sworn-in for a second term in La Paz, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. At Morales' right is Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Spain's Prince Felipe. (AP Photo/Jose Lavayen) (Jose Lavayen - AP)




Bolivia's Morales sworn in to term No. 2
Friday, January 22, 2010 - Associated Press

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Evo Morales has begun a second term as Bolivia's president by declaring colonialism dead in the Andean nation.

(right) In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, speaks and Bolivia's President Evo Morales display an image of Morales during a meeting prior the inauguration ceremony of Morales' second term in La Paz, Friday, Jan 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office) (AP)

The Aymara Indian was sworn in wearing a sash on which traditional national figures were replaced by two 19th-century heroes of indigenous resistance.


(right) Bolivia's President Evo Morales, right, is sworn in for a second term by Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera at the Congress in La Paz, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. (AP Photo) (Str - AP)

Morales says he has sought to eradicate all vestiges of colonial repression and discrimination against Bolivia's indigenous majority. He was re-elected by a landslide in December.


(right) Bolivia's President Evo Morales, left, and Spain's Prince Felipe look on as Guatemala's Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, center, wave to the crowd from the balcony of the presidential palace after attending the inauguration ceremony of Morales' second term in La Paz, Friday, Jan 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri) (Dado Galdieri - AP)

In 2008, he expelled the U.S. ambassador and DEA from the world's No. 3. cocaine-producing country. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis represented Washington at Friday's ceremony.


(below) Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, right, shakes hands with Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberta Menchu, during the inauguration ceremony of Bolivia's President Evo Morales for a second term at the Congres in La Paz, Friday, Jan 22, 2010. (AP Photo) (Str - AP)


Morales has allied Bolivia with Venezuela, Cuba and Iran, and drawn criticism from the U.S. for the Tehran ties.


(below) Spain's Prince Felipe, front right, review the troops upon his arrival to El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. Prince Felipe will be attending the inauguration of Bolivia's President Evo Morales' second term, scheduled for Friday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) (Juan Karita - AP)