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Weekly Report - 08 October 2020 (WR-20-40)

BOLIVIA: Escalating tensions hint at post-election protests

Upon coming to power in November 2019, Bolivia’s interim government faced two key tasks: to act as a neutral administrator of new elections to replace the annulled October 2019 vote; and to prevent a repetition of the violent unrest that followed that elections [WR-19-47]. The first of these responsibilities had been forgotten by January, when interim president Jeanine Áñez announced her own presidential candidacy – and as election day draws near, this lack of independent authority threatens to sabotage the latter task too, as rapidly mounting tensions make it difficult to envision any electoral outcome that will not see Bolivians take to the streets once again on 18 October.

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