“A Blow Against Neoliberalism”: Socialist Wins Bolivian Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales

Socialists Return to Power in Bolivia!! 

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales’s political party MAS has claimed victory in the country’s presidential election, with Morales’s handpicked successor Luis Arce securing over 50% of the vote, according to exit polls. If confirmed, the result will put the socialist party back in power almost a year after a right-wing coup that ousted Morales and installed Jeanine Áñez as president.

The election was postponed twice, and protests rocked Bolivia for months leading up to the vote, calling out the government’s use of military and police repression and violence against Indigenous communities. “It’s an extraordinary election,” says Ollie Vargas, a reporter for Kawsachun News. “In 2019, Evo Morales won by a margin of just over 10%, and now we have a margin of over 20% with which the left is ahead.”

We also speak with Leonardo Flores, Latin America campaign coordinator of CodePink, who calls the election results “a huge, huge victory” for Bolivian people and for democracy itself. “It’s a blow against neoliberalism and fascism in this country,” says Flores.

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/10/20/bolivia_2020_election_luis_arce

2 comments

    • Therein lies the beauty.. I was “out of my mind with anger” when the US undermined Morales – absolutely livid. But little did I know that Bolivianos had so much “salt and vinegar” and turned it around in just months!!!! When there I found Bolivia to be genuinely welcoming and gracious – I spent 7 weeks in La Paz and 2 weeks at the ruins areas of Puma Punku, Tiwanaku, in the Lake Titicaca region, San Pedro de Atacama and a week in Uyuni horseback riding into the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in the Atacama, a city lost in time and steeped in tradition. Altogether I was 8-9 weeks in Bolivia – an amazing place sitting between the Mighty Andes the Grand Atacama Desert!!

      One at a time these Autocracy’s will fall! I believe Peru may be next to return to their Socialist roots – that THEY prefer.

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