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Weekly Report - 3 July 2008 (ISSN 1741-7422)

BOLIVIA: MAS candidate defeated in Chuquisaca election

President Evo Morales faced a new setback with the victory of opposition candidate Savina Cuéllar in the Chuquisaca prefectural elections. This now leaves Morales with only two of the prefects in the country's nine departments, Potosí­ and Oruro, aligned with the government. Nevertheless, with the 10 August recall vote looming, Morales can at least take solace in a recent survey by the US embassy which found that he would easily remain in power (see sidebar).

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