Is Bolivia poised to swing back towards socialism?

A year after the country’s first indigenous president was controversially ousted, his party is well placed to win a rerun presidential election

David Ticona Mamani felt despair and foreboding when Evo Morales was forced from his Andean homeland last November amid civil unrest, electoral meltdown and what supporters of Bolivia’s first indigenous president called a racist, rightwing coup.

“I wept,” remembered the 56-year-old lawyer, a fervent supporter of Morales and his Movimiento al Socialismo (Mas).

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