The Erosion of Democracy in Bolivia

Victor Hugo Cárdenas
The Americas
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Bolivian indigenous politician Victor HugoCárdenas exposes the deterioration of the human rights situation in his country since the election of Evo Morales in 2006. Cárdenas explains how Morales has abused his democratic mandate—a mandate that promised to fight poverty and racism and improve education—and has ruled in an increasingly opportunistic and authoritarian manner. Cárdenas argues that rather than addressing Bolivia’problems, Morales is championing unsustainable populist measures to satisfy his electoral base, while silencing any critics who disagree with the government. Cárdenasconcludes by describing a new Bolivian civic movement flourishing under theMorales regime that seeks to foster and consolidate democratic institutions.

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