Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was first elected in 2005, his administration has secured dominance over the country’s political landscape, despite often relentless attacks from the right wing and the media.
During his first term, Morales faced fierce opposition from the country’s wealthy population located in the departments of Beni, Pando, Santa Cruz, and Tarija, where elites opposed the approval of a new constitution. Political tensions erupted into violence in September 2008, but have quieted since then.
President Morales, the country’s longest serving leader, currently maintains approval ratings of around 66 percent, according to a November survey carried out by polling agency Ipsos.
Historically one of South America's most unstable countries, Bolivia has enjoyed economic growth and political calm under Morales, the country’s first indigenous leader. Its economy has also tripled in size.
5 Things to Know About Bolivia's Upcoming Referendum to Alter Term Limits
Bolivians are gearing up for a national referendum to decide whether a two-term limit for presidents and vice presidents should be amended. As with other efforts in Latin America to change term limits for politicians, there is a lot of misinformation floating around regarding the upcoming referendum in Bolivia.
The opponents of the social change brought by the government of President Evo Morales, both domestically and abroad, are deliberately trying to confuse the public by suggesting that Morales is seeking to stay in power indefinitely. READ MORE
Getting to Know Evo
Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, has nationalized much of the energy sector, fighting transnational companies in the country, and eradicating poverty.He has also been a controversial figure for by right-wing politicians because of his anti-neoliberal policies, while some on the left believe that his policies have not been extreme enough.
But critiques aside, what remains unquestionable is the lifetime of struggle that serves as the basis of Morales' strong political determination and inspiration. READ MORE
10 Important Accomplishments Under Evo Morales
By Nate Singham
Since Morales entered office in 2005, he has promoted food sovereignty, strengthened labor and Indigenous rights, and drastically reduced poverty, among many other progressive accomplishments. READ MORE
Evo Morales' Rise to Power
By Nate Singham
Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was first elected in 2005, his administration has secured dominance over the country’s political landscape, despite often relentless attacks from the right wing and the media. READ MORE
Bolivian Independence from the World Bank and IMF
By Nate Singham
The Cochabamba ‘water wars’ of 2000 united urban, rural, mestizo and indigenous populations, setting the stage for Evo Morales’ eventual election as president. READ MORE
Evo Morales: Bolivia's Record-Breaking President
Evo Morales created history when he was first elected in 2005 as the country’s first Indigenous president. He’s not only Bolivia’s record-breaking president, but also one of Latin America’s most prominent leaders—and the longest serving head of state currently serving in South America. READ MORE