Bolivia Is Still Stuck on Evo Morales

By Brendan O'Boyle

Fear, vendettas, and intrigue risk driving Bolivia’s presidential race more than the country’s everyday problems.

Following Bolivia’s worst political crisis in more than a decade, many observers hoped that the upcoming May 3 elections would allow the country to turn the page. But former president Evo Morales continues to loom large over the race, making it hard for candidates to articulate a unifying vision for the future.

“Morales casts a long shadow that’s going to contaminate the debate and the political landscape,” said María Teresa Zegada, a sociologist and political analyst.

Morales left the country in November after a disputed presidential election sparked countrywide protests and...

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