Bolivia’s governing MAS party is mired in a deep crisis, the result of political infighting and a sharp economic downturn. If the country’s leftist leaders cannot come to some agreement, the unity of organized labor and indigenous movements may be at risk.
Olivia Arigho Stiles is a lecturer in Latin American studies at the University of Essex, UK, and a researcher of Bolivian indigenous-campesino movements.
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