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Bolivian President: Shoo-in for Third Term

LADB Article ID: 79423
Category/Department: Bolivia
Date: 2014-09-12
By: Andrés Gaudín

For the first time in more than a century, Bolivians are expected to elect a president for the third-consecutive time; indications are that Evo Morales will be re-elected for a term that would keep him in office until 2019. Morales takes credit for important achievements during his eight years as the country’s leader, and his achievements have been recognized by international organizations and even some of his domestic enemies. Meanwhile, his opposition—mainly right-wing and ultraright groups—has failed to build either strong leaders or a united program. On the contrary, it has mounted destabilizing campaigns that don’t get anywhere in a society that, if measured by votes, is determined to continue backing Morales’ Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).

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