Unlike Neighbors, Bolivia’s Morales Contains Corruption Fallout

An Aymara woman casts her ballot during regional elections, Huarina, Bolivia, March 29, 2015 (AP photo by Juan Karita).
An Aymara woman casts her ballot during regional elections, Huarina, Bolivia, March 29, 2015 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

The city of El Alto, Bolivia, should be a stronghold for President Evo Morales and his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party. Perched on the Andean Plateau above its sister-city La Paz, the sprawling, fast-growing El Alto is considerably poorer and more indigenous than the capital. Almost three-quarters of its almost 1 million inhabitants are, like Morales, ethnically Aymara, and in the past voters have supported the president and other MAS candidates by large margins. On March 29, however, things took a turn in regional elections as the party lost dramatically in both the El Alto mayoral and the La Paz […]

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