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Evo Morales’ Bolivia: Abiding the constitution or ensuring the results of sustained economic growth

Friday, January 18th 2019 - 10:12 UTC
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The Economist has published a piece on Bolivia and its first indigenous president, Evo Morales, who has managed the economy of the continent's poorest country with sustained success during thirteen years. But he has also a strong authoritarian attitude, given his dominance of government branches, and the support of the electorate, mostly indigenous or mestizo. In this scenario, he is running for a fourth consecutive presidential period, which the Constitution bans. Read full article


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  • chronic

    Is that hair or a hat?

    Jan 18th, 2019 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • viejopatagon

    5% gdp growth a year for 13 years? Can we borrow Morales to run the USA, or any other country in the world?
    Could it just be that common sense and a good political strategy is all you need to be successful?

    Jan 18th, 2019 - 03:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Strong growth for 13 years is impressive, but a poor country like Bolivia has a lot more capacity for growth than an already developed one like America.

    I wish Morales had respected the referendum result and stood down. I don't think it's healthy for one person to be in power for too long, especially when they have authoritarian tendencies. Now the only way to get a new leader will be to vote for the opposition, which carries a risk of going back to the bad old days.

    It also seems strange there are no other leaders of 'national stature' on the left. The President can't rule single-handedly, doesn't he have ministers, and a vice-president who might have stepped up to the role?

    Jan 19th, 2019 - 04:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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