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Weekly Report - 07 January 2021 (WR-21-01)

BOLIVIA: Discord dents MAS electoral aspirations

Bolivians are gearing up for the country’s third elections in as many years. On 28 December the registration of candidates for the departmental, regional, and municipal elections on 7 March this year formally closed. Bolivia’s former president Evo Morales (2006-2019), who is still head of the ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), has billed these elections as crucial not just to underscore the party’s political dominance but also to buttress support for the administration led by President Luis Arce at every level of government. An unprecedented degree of infighting within the MAS could undermine this ambition, although the political opposition remains weak, fragmented, and divided.

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