Evo Morales’ Victory Demonstrates How Much Bolivia Has Changed
Predictions by pollsters and commentators that Evo Morales would easily win Bolivia’s October 12 presidential elections were confirmed when the incumbent obtained over 60% of the vote.
Most however differ over why, after almost a decade in power, Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) continues to command such a huge level of support.
Their explanations tend to focus on specific economic or political factors, such as booming raw material prices or the MAS’ ability to control and co-opt the country’s social movements.
However, to understand why Morales will soon become the longest serving head of state in a country renown for its history of coups and rebellions, it is necessary to start with an acknowledgement of the profound changes that Bolivia has undergoing under his presidency.