July 4, 2006


Bolivia's Morales fails to win assembly majority (Dorothy Kosich, 03-JUL-06, Mineweb.com)

Despite claims of a growing spread of an anti-neoliberal movement in Latin America, both Bolivian President Evo Morales and Mexican presidential candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador failed to score resounding victories Sunday in their respective national elections.

Mexico's presidential election was considered too close to call late Sunday night. Meanwhile Morales' plans to exert more state control over the nation's economy sustained a setback Sunday when his party failed to win control of the constituent assembly, slated to redraft Bolivia's constitution.

In fact, the spectre of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was used both in Mexican and Bolivian campaigns to dissuade voters from supporting leftist candidates. Mexican business leaders ran a series of television ads featuring Chavez, comparing him to leftist candidate Lopez Obrador, a former mayor of Mexico City. [...]

Meanwhile, voters in four of Bolivia's nine states chose greater political and economic autonomy for their states.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2006 9:04 AM
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