Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Morales's Lead in Bolivian Presidential Campaign Strong

The prospect of "freedom on the march" and democracy at work in Bolivia gives the Bush administration and their PNAC bedfellows nightmares.

Evo Morales is an indigenous socialist former labor leader and Bolivian congressman who wants to nationalize the oil companies and legalize the growing of coca (although he wants to legalize it only for the manufacture of legal products, like teas and soft drinks), and who would cultivate strong ties with Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Anyone giving odds on an invasion timetable?

1 comment:

Taylor Kirk said...

I thought it was interesting that Jorge Quiroga said he would step aside if he didn't win 50% of the vote, since Congress would then declare the winner. I have hard time imagining him actually doing that.