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In pictures: Bolivia constitution

Evo Morales with the new constitution

On Saturday, President Evo Morales formally unveiled his new constitution; he says it will give more power to the majority indigenous population.

President Morales dances with supporters in La Paz

After the presentation, the president celebrated with his supporters in La Paz.

Protesters in Santa Cruz with anti-constitution posters

But Santa Cruz - and three other regions - objects to the plans, which it says will mean greater central control.

Santa Cruz governor Ruben Costas

Santa Cruz governor Ruben Costas backs greater autonomy for his region, and presented his own document at his own ceremony.

Pro-autonomy protestor in Santa Cruz

Many people in Santa Cruz back a plan to retain two-thirds of taxes, instead of sending the money to central funds.

Santa Cruz artist Henry Flores with a painting of a false banknote promoting autonomy

Santa Cruz artist Henry Flores has produced a pro-autonomy banknote

Protester supports constitutional in La Paz

However, many indigenous people support President Morales' initiative

Supporters of President Morales in Montero, 70 km (45 miles) from Santa Cruz

The president, who came to power two years ago, has considerable support, especially in rural areas.

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