Victory in Bolivia (at least for now)

October 18th, 2003 – 9:35 am
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The people of Bolivia win.

Bolivia’s new president has called for national unity, hours after his predecessor was forced out by weeks of violent anti-government protests.

The new leader, Carlos Mesa – the former vice president – quickly offered to hold early elections and promised to do more for the indigenous Indian population.

In a special session, the Bolivian Congress accepted the dramatic resignation of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada – just 14 months into his term.

This is definitely good news, especially as Carlos Mesa has agreed to hold a binding referendum about exporting natural gas to the U.S. and Mexico. It’s important to remember though that de Lozada was liked by the United States government, and it remains to be seen whether or not Bolivia will manage to break free from the deeply flawed economic policies pushed on it by its neighbor to the north (and the IMF).

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