Bolivia Fails to Turn the Page

By Richard Lapper

After years of crisis and acrimony, Luis Arce’s government disappoints those hoping for a fresh start.

Bolivia’s newly elected vice president struck a conciliatory note when he took office last October. “We want agreements between the right and the left,” David Choquehuanca said, suggesting that after the violent upheavals of 2019 and the deeply divisive transitional government of 2020, Bolivia was bound for a period of greater stability. “The truth is very simple. The condor takes flight only when its right wing is in perfect balance with its left wing,” Choquehuanca added, drawing on the communitarian traditions of Bolivia’s indigenous communities. A year later, the promised...

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