In one week, candidates will start broadcasting their ads on TV and radio. Free airtime is divided among candidates based on how many lower house seats their coalition has (chart below). Free, of course, is a figure of speech. Parties don’t pay for the airtime – taxpayers do. In exchange for the time slots, TV and radio broadcasters get hefty tax cuts. In 2018 alone, this airtime should cost taxpayers over BRL 1 billion.
Evo Morales went from declaring himself the winner of a 4th consecutive term to resigning from his office. In Latam, where military dictatorships went out of fashion not that long, this sequence of events looks, smells, and sounds like a coup #Bolivia