Latin America

Bolivia goes to the polls: chance for peace, or spark for more conflict?

One year after Evo Morales won a contested election which led to his ousting, Bolivians finally get the new election they were promised

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Protester kneels in front of the Supreme Electoral Court, in La Paz. Photo: Radoslaw Czajkowski/Shutterstock

In late July, with coronavirus cases spiraling out of control in Bolivia, the country’s electoral officials moved to postpone the 2020 general elections for a third and final time. Now, on Sunday, Bolivians will finally go to the polls with the hope of drawing a line under what has been a catastrophic 12 months for the country’s democracy.

The election date of October 18 is important for multiple reasons: first, it represents relief for the arrival of a vote that many Bolivians feared would never come, but it also lands exactly 365 days after former President Evo Morales was re-elected...

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