Daily Review: Bolivia’s Failed Coup Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Daily Review: Bolivia’s Failed Coup Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Bolivian President Luis Arce raises a clenched fist surrounded by supporters and media outside the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, after an apparent coup attempt, June 26, 2024 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

A top Bolivian general, Juan Jose Zuniga, and allied members of the military attempted a coup yesterday, storming the presidential palace in La Paz before quickly retreating less than three hours later. Zuniga, who had been dismissed from his position as commander of Bolivia’s army earlier this week, was promptly taken into custody. (New York Times)

Our Take

Although the attempted coup in Bolivia is shocking and alarming, it was also not a terribly serious plot. Zuniga appears to be merely a disgruntled reassigned general and clearly did not have much support. Still, that does not mean the implications aren’t serious, especially because yesterday’s events come at a time of volatility for Bolivia.

In the past few years, Bolivian politics has been defined by the rivalry between President Luis Arce and former President Evo Morales, both members of the long-dominant Movement Toward Socialism, or MAS, party. The two had been allies, and Arce was Morales’ handpicked successor after the former president was ousted in the political crisis that followed the country’s controversial 2019 election. Now, though, Arce and Morales are battling each other for control of MAS in order to claim the party’s nomination in next year’s presidential vote.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.