Lessons from Bolivia: A View from Cuba

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1937 ... November 21, 2019
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Lessons from Bolivia: A View from Cuba

Yassel A. Padrón Kunakbaeva

Sad news comes from Bolivia. The coup has been accomplished. Once again, the military has decided the game in our Latin American region, treading on the very Constitution they swore to defend. President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera resigned. They said it was to avoid further bloodshed. It’s the end of an era in the history of that Andean nation, the same one that witnessed Che’s death.

No one can deny there was a coup. Evo’s decision to run for reelection may be questioned, but it cannot be ignored that there was a ruling by the judiciary power which authorized his candidacy. In any case, it can be said that there was an institutional crisis, as well as issues with the counting of the votes. What cannot be denied is that Evo should have been the legitimate President until another legitimate President took office. The intervention by the armed forces can only be considered a coup.

Evo and his... group made mistakes. When I heard that they had authorized an audit by the Organization of American States (OAS), I thought that had to be a masterful plan hatched by Evo and Linera, because it would be tremendously stupid if it wasn’t. By now accustomed to the intelligence of Bolivian leaders, I believed they had everything under control, plan and counterplan. From the distance, I lack the data to judge them properly. The fact is that the OAS came in and played its role.

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