Latin America

Bolivia’s never-ending coup

After ousting former President Evo Morales in a military coup last year, Bolivia is still no closer to holding new, fair elections

Demonstration against the 2019 coup d'état in Bolivia. Photo: Tony Monti/Shutterstock
Demonstration against the 2019 coup d’état in Bolivia. Photo: Tony Monti/Shutterstock

Since the turbulent 2019 general elections in Bolivia — which culminated in an old-fashioned military coup to oust President Evo Morales — the country has remained under a black cloud. Self-declared President Jeanine Áñez went back on her own promise and decided to run for election this year, in a vote that is likely to be postponed, as the country attempts to juggle its own institutional nightmare during a deadly pandemic. 

With 50,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,900 deaths, Bolivia can take some solace in the fact that its health situation has not been the unprecedented disaster seen...

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