Evo Morales' party claimed victory in a presidential election that appeared to reject the right-wing policies of the interim government that took power in Bolivia after the leftist leader resigned and fled the country a year ago.
Tensions between Bolivia's white ruling elite and Indigenous populations underlie current allegations of human rights abuses by an ex-president — one that are being heard in a US courtroom in what lawyers say is the first such case involving a living former head of state facing his accusers.
Unrest in Bolivia worsens as protesters want to restore a popular government that has reduced poverty rates and has given the nation’s long-neglected Indigenous people a voice. Critics see the backlash to interim president Jeanine Añez as a dangerous effort to undermine democracy.
When Evo Morales became president of Bolivia in 2006, he set out to, as he put it, claim coca’s rightful place as an indigenous crop, not a controlled substance. Now, the results of his program are reinventing the rules of the game in the War on Drugs.
Bolivian President Evo Morales is staking his bid for a third term on improving the lot of his poorest citizens. But many of those poor Bolivians work in mines, where conditions are deadly and there's little sign that anything is set to improve.
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