The following information offers background on Bolivian presidential candidate Evo Morales.

Name: Evo Morales.

Age: 46.

Birthplace: Isallavi, Bolivia.

Education: Finished 11th grade in high school.

Career: Executive secretary of Tropic Federation coca growers' union, 1988; executive secretary of Six Federations of the Cochabamba Tropics coca growers' union, 1996-present; member of lower house of congress, 1997-present; Movement Toward Socialism party presidential candidate, 1997 and 2002.

Platform: Wants to bring Bolivia's large natural gas reserves under greater state control, increase rights for Indians, fight corruption and reverse U.S.-backed policy of coca-leaf eradication.