Monday, December 19, 2005

The Big Story in Bolivia

Evo Morales has a commanding lead in the Bolivian elections and is all but assured the presidential seat. According to CNN, Morales has taken to calling himself "Washington's Nightmare." CNN, though paraphrases this as "America's nightmare." Evo Morales, quoting Simon Bolivar, would probably disaprove of the rewording.

Since Morales may not have more than %50 of the vote, the Bolivian congress may have the right to vote in another of the top leaders. Since Bolivian politics have been so unstable under governmental division since Morales' near victory three years ago, there may be more of an attempt to compromise by many local politically moderate actors.

However, the last time a Socialist president won the presidency of a South American country...

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