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Yearbook 2010

Bolivia. On January 22, Evo Morales assumed his second term as Bolivia's president after the victory in the December 2009 presidential election.

2010 Bolivia

Both the government and the opposition proclaimed victors in the regional and municipal elections on April 4, and both sides were right to some extent. According to COUNTRYAAH, the candidates from President Evo Morales's party Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) won six of nine governor positions, which doubled compared to the 2005 election. been strong for several years, as well as seven out of ten mayor posts in the country's provincial capitals. At the same time, MAS performed strongly in other cities around the country, including in the opposition eastern provinces. In Santa Cruz, for example, the party won in 25 of 56 cities, and a total of more than two-thirds of the country's all cities. The election results confirmed the general trend in Bolivia in recent years, namely, that President Morales MAS stands strong in the countryside and the densely populated highlands in the west, but is weaker in the country's provincial capitals, especially in the east. Despite a high turnout, the elections showed that support for Morales nationally has dropped from 64 percent in the December 2009 presidential and congressional elections to 50 percent.

In the months following the election, no less than five of the newly elected mayors resigned, most accused of corruption. Several of their alternates were also linked to President Morale's party MAS, which prompted the opposition to talk about a political campaign by the government.

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