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Bolivia: the political instability persists

Jacob Davis

CSMS Magazine

Political instability has been a persistent issue in Bolivia for decades, with the country undergoing numerous cycles of political crises, social unrest, and government turnovers. Bolivia’s history is marked by deep-seated economic, social, and political inequalities, which have fueled widespread discontent and frustration among the country’s citizens.

The most recent episode of political instability in Bolivia occurred in 2019, when then-President Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous president, was forced to resign following widespread protests and allegations of electoral fraud. Morales had been in power since 2006 and was credited with bringing significant economic growth and social programs to the country. However, his government was also criticized for suppressing dissent, centralizing power, and failing to address issues such as corruption and inequality.

Following Morales’s resignation, a period of political uncertainty and turmoil ensued, with several different individuals and factions vying for power. The opposition politician Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president, but her government was marked by controversy, including allegations of human rights abuses and repression of indigenous groups. In 2020, Añez was herself ousted from power, and Luis Arce, a member of Morales’s party, was elected president in a landslide victory.

Despite the election of a new government, Bolivia’s political future remains uncertain. The country continues to face significant challenges, including poverty, inequality, corruption, and ethnic tensions. Many Bolivians remain deeply disillusioned with the political class and are calling for meaningful reform to address the country’s deep-seated problems.

In conclusion, political instability remains a persistent challenge in Bolivia, with the country having undergone numerous cycles of social unrest and government turnovers in recent decades. While the election of a new government in 2020 has brought a measure of stability, much work remains to be done to address the country’s deep-seated social and political problems. It is up to the Bolivian people and their leaders to work together to find solutions that will ensure a stable and prosperous future for all.

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