Daniel Halliday
Jan 29 · Last update 13 days ago.
Is democracy at risk in Bolivia?
Bolivian President Evo Morales has been accused variously of an erosion of democracy and a slow motion coup following changes to the country’s constitution to remove presidential term limits and claims that not running for president in 2019 again would violate his human rights. As a result of this does Bolivia look set to go the same way as Venezuela and Nicaragua?
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Yes, from forces hostile to Morales

Although Evo Morales seems to be attempting to bypass democracy his position is not so solid, in a country with a history of political violence. Looking back to the Bolivian gas conflict of 2003 or the Pando Massacre of 2008 it is clear that hostilities are easily fuelled in Bolivia, and such moves by Morales may solidify justifications to overthrow him on the far-right or for critical left wingers to do the same. He has made term limit reforms and if the people of Bolivia do not like them they can vote him out, but as is the case with other countries such as China people may favour Morales staying in power, he is popular and has ruled over a region of unprecedented economic growth in the country. The threat of his slow coup prompting a more serious challenge to democracy may prove the bigger danger.

nacla.org/blog/2011/9/18/bolivia%25E2%2580%2599s-911-pando-massacre-and-tipnis-conflict

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Evo Morales’ remains a popular president but his slow degradation of democracy goes further than outstaying his welcome and seems to be a decline into authoritarianism. His popularity has diminish in recent years following his back-tracking on environmentalism, personal dramas surrounding an extra-marital relations, his attacking of the media and even the proposal of passing a law against lying, a clear attack against freedom of speech. However, with a referendum in 2016 over the questions of his fourth term, his MAS nomination as next leader of the party in 2016 and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice’s ruling against the constitution in 2017, it is Morales’ repeated efforts to stay in power that clearly put Bolivia’s democracy at risk.

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