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With a Right-Wing Agenda, Argentina’s Macri Wants to Play a Role in Bolivian Elections

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 80580
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 2018-04-27
By: Andrés Gaudín

Although voters won’t head to the polls for another year, the presidential campaign in Bolivia is already in full swing, and the political right is playing all its cards to prevent President Evo Morales from continuing to control a process that has made the country grow like no other in South American. In this scenario, efforts by Argentine President Mauricio Macri, a supporter of US President Donald Trump’s policies, to insert himself in the election process are generating a negative climate in the relations between Bolivia and Argentina that could help right-wing candidates. The more than 1.16 million Bolivians in Argentina are the third largest group, after Bolivians in Spain and the US, in terms of sending remittances to families back home. This is one of several reasons that a conflict with Argentina could have a profound impact on the elections. Government spokesmen in La Paz said that Macri has tried to generate that conflict since the beginning of the year, so far without success.

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