Bolivia: Morales Third Term Breaks the Mould of Control by Wealthy Settlers*

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Bolivia: Morales Third Term Breaks the Mould of Control by Wealthy Settlers*

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark 

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales dedicate his win to “anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists

It is a sometimes overly rich recipe, starched with violence and populism, but Latin American politics is something to behold.  In the Americas, experiments have been run and tried with brutal consequences.  Revolutions and counter-revolutions have been plotted and enacted.  The good have tended to be a short time in office, while the coup d’état has had something of a long history.

Evo Morales’ victory in the Bolivian elections for a third term with just over 60% of the vote is no minor achievement.  Cement magnate Samuel Doria Medina received a paltry 25%, something he blamed on the late entry of ex-president Jorge Quiroga, a move that potentially split the anti-Morales vote.  Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism romped in, winning eight of the nine…

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