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Bolivia: Santa Cruz Voters Stand Firm-Against Morales and for Democracy

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ray Walser; James M. Roberts

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Politics (Political status)

Keywords: Democracy; Latin American; South America; Bolivia

Type: Brief

Coverage: Bolivia


President Evo Morales is intent upon gathering unchallenged and unending power to impose "21st Century Bolivarian Socialism" in Bolivia. Although pro-democracy, free-market forces appear to have scored a significant victory in a May 4 referendum about control of the country's mineral-rich and economically more successful eastern lowlands, Morales and his followers will surely not give up their quest to subjugate the industrious and independent-minded Department of Santa Cruz.