Bolivian elections: Mas vs No-Mas

MAS supporters gathered around the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, February 3, 2020, in La Paz (Bolivia).

REUTERS / David Mercado

By: Marie-France Chatin Follow

2 min

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Bolivians are called to the polls.

The poll is being organized by a regime that emerged from the overthrow of Evo Morales a year ago (2019).

The election is being held without the country's first indigenous president, now in exile in Argentina and banned from electoral participation.


Bolivia, a country in the heart of the Andes Cordillera with a very contrasting geography between the highlands and the eastern region with a tropical climate.

11 million people and a mosaic of indigenous nations.

A country far from appeased, in the grip of strong racial tensions.

Two options are open to him: the restoration of a deposited political project, embodied by the MAS, Movimiento Al Socialismo and the substitution of this project.

Between a divided left and an offensive right, Bolivian society is polarized.

The election is a test for democracy in Bolivia.



Guillaume Long

, analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, CEPR in Washington and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador


Claude Le Gouill

, associate researcher at the Center for Research and Documentation of the Americas, CREDA, and co -author with Laurent Lacroix of “

The Process of Change in Bolivia.

The government policy of Evo Morales 2005-2018

”, published by IHEAL, Institute of Higher Studies of Latin America


Christophe Ventura

, Director of Research at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations.

Specialist in Latin America.


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