Bolivian Elections Off

It’™s been a rough year for the people of Bolivia. One president has resigned, elections were scheduled, and now a court has ruled that elections, scheduled for Dec. 4th, must be postponed. No new date for elections has been set. I’™m not familiar enough with the composition or leaning of the court that [...]

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It’™s been a rough year for the people of Bolivia. One president has resigned, elections were scheduled, and now a court has ruled that elections, scheduled for Dec. 4th, must be postponed. No new date for elections has been set. I’™m not familiar enough with the composition or leaning of the court that made the ruling to comment on motivation for the delay, but one thing that’™s pretty clear is the election was definitely swinging toward a social democratic slate of candidates.

I’™ll try to put this into perspective a bit later. What’™s a bit perplexing is that this turn of events didn’™t make much of a blip on the U.S. corporate media radar screen. Here’™s a U.K. Guardian report:

A Bolivian court on Friday indefinitely postponed elections scheduled for Dec. 4 due to a dispute in Congress over redistricting, moving the poor Andean nation toward a possible power vacuum when the current president steps down.


Both leading presidential candidates criticized the ruling by the National Electoral Court, with the leftist Evo Morales warning that the ‘œpeople could rise up against the court.’ His main rival, Jorge Quiroga, urged Congress to move on the redistricting dispute, saying Bolivia’™s fragile democracy was at risk’¦

And of course, Jim Shultz at Democracy Center’™s Blog for Bolivia has more.

Update, 8:50PM: Today’™s Washington Post has a fairly a fairly balanced look at Evo Morales, MAS, and the now-postponed election.

Monday, October 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

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