Bolivia: Political and Economic Developments and Relations with the United States.

29 01 2010

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL32580. Source: Library of Congress.

This report notes that Bolivia has experienced a period of political volatility with the country having six presidents since 2001. Evo Morales, an indigenous leader and head of Bolivia’s coca growers’ union, and his party, the leftist Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), won a convincing victory in the December 18, 2005, presidential election with 54% of the votes. Early in his term, President Morales moved to fulfill his campaign promises to decriminalize coca cultivation, nationalize the country’s natural gas industry, and enact land reform.

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