Narconews: Bolivia Goes to the Polls
Bolivia Goes to the Polls
December 18, 2005
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Bolivia votes today for its next president. Publisher Luis Gómez and correspondent Jean Friedsky are on the ground and watching the events unfold. All indications are that coca grower and Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo Morales will come out ahead, at least in the popular vote. While we await the results, read Gómez and Friedsky's summary of the complexities and contradictions that the media have generally ignored in this election.
"The clock has officially wound down," write Gómez and Friedsky. "Today, Sunday, December 18, 2005 Bolivians will go to the polls to elect their new president and Congress. The contest between Evo Morales and Jorge 'Tuto' Quiroga has become one of Latin America's most anticipated elections in years, viewed as a battle between Bolivia's widespread anti-imperialist sentiment and the neoliberal Washington–friendly status quo. Whether Evo will win the presidency has thus been cast as the baseline for determining the path on which Bolivia will proceed.
"This is an over-simplified perspective, and a damaging one. So, as is custom here on Narco News, we would like to set the record straight."
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