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Weekly Report - 15 October 2020 (WR-20-41)

BOLIVIA: Election day set to open old wounds

Almost a year to the day after the contentious general election that sparked 12 months of tensions and turbulence [WR-19-42], Bolivia will go to the polls once again on 18 October, in the hope that this vote will produce a more decisive outcome, and bring an end to the country’s political deadlock. To say that history threatens to repeat itself, however, is perhaps an understatement; in many ways the current situation is more fraught than this time last year, and a widely accepted outcome allowing Bolivia to move past the deep fault line of October 2019 seems a more distant prospect.

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