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Weekly Report - 31 January 2019 (WR-19-04)

BOLIVIA: Morales’ claims of victory ring hollow

In what President Evo Morales has trumpeted as a victory for democracy, last week Bolivia held its first-ever primaries ahead of the October 2019 general election. In line with a law passed in July last year by the national legislature, controlled by the ruling Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), the 27 January vote was slammed for various reasons by the opposition who called on the electorate to boycott the vote. The low turnout might suggest, however, a victory of sorts for the opposition.

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