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New Perspective – Coup in Bolivia?

By November 20, 2019 No Comments

Perspectives on Mogul News are a curated selection of stories from the world’s leading publishers, giving you more than one side of the story on important issues that face us, and society as a whole.

In this week’s Perspective, we look at what’s happening in Bolivia. Here’s a quick note from our editor to give you an overview!

Evo Morales became the first indigenous president of Bolivia after winning an election in December 2005. A self-described socialist, he was part of a wave of leftist South American leaders elected around the same time, including Lula da Silva of Brazil and Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.

Since taking office at the beginning of 2006, poverty in Bolivia fell from 60% to 35%. The country’s economy has grown steadily at a rate of 4.9% over the same period. But his constant bids to stay in the Presidential Palace have rankled, especially after a referendum rejected scrapping term limits. Despite this, he went ahead and stood in the 2019 elections.

Evo Morales won the recent election in Bolivia though not without claims of fraud and vote-rigging. International organisations cast doubt of the poll’s legitimacy. When protests erupted in the capital, the army turned on Mr Morales. He was pressured to resign by the armed forces. In his place, the right-wing Jeanine Áñez declared herself President.

In a continent haunted by coups against left-wing leaders, was this another one? Or was the military protecting the constitution of Bolivia? Get a fresh Perspective from Mogul News now in ‘Coup in Bolivia?’ Sign up for 7 days of Mogul News free!