The dictatorship that runs Bolivia


President Evo Morales and his party, MAS, have been elected three times with important margins over opposing parties. While these results give the current administration formal political legitimacy, it is clear for anybody watching the political situation in Bolivia that the power that MAS has accumulated over time has led to a consistent abuse and violation of basic human and civil rights. Evo Morales and the MAS have violated basic democratic rules all over the place. The third term is fraudulent (they changed the Constitution to allow for it), the political power has co-opted the judicial system entirely and the public administration is corroded with incredible levels of corruption all covered by the political apparatus. And here are two more fresh examples of cynical political abuse.

First, the Vice-President publicly admits that he ordered (with public funds, of course) the publication of grave accusations against the governor of Santa Cruz (opposition) even though he has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing. The governor has been accused in several cases but has never been proved guilty. Why not let the judicial process take its course without political interference? Why is the Vice-President publishing accusations?

Second, Evo Morales, publicly said that he will not work with any mayor or governor elected that belongs to a different political party. Can you believe the abuse? Is he just the president of MAS sympathizers? What about the rest of the Bolivian citizens that could democratically elect somebody from a different political view? Disgraceful.


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