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A woman walks past army vehicles as soldiers stand guard in La Paz, Bolivia A woman walks past army vehicles as soldiers stand guard in La Paz, Bolivia, May 11, 2020 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

Amid Repression and Scrutiny of the OAS, Bolivia Staggers Toward an Election Rerun

Thursday, June 25, 2020

When preliminary results in Bolivia’s election last October showed that longtime President Evo Morales had narrowly won a controversial fourth term in office, it provoked a national outcry. The tabulation of the vote count, which initially showed a dead heat, had been halted on Election Day, only to resume a day later with Morales having jumped into the lead. The Organization of American States quickly issued a statement denouncing the “inexplicable change” in results that “drastically modifies the fate of the election and generates a loss of confidence in the electoral process.”

Violent mass protests then erupted, fueled in part by the allegations of vote-rigging. Weeks later, after security forces sided with the protesters, Morales resigned and fled the country at the “suggestion” of the military. ...

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