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Gubernatorial results are warning for Bolivia’s MAS

Friday, April 16, 2021

Significance

While a rebuff for the MAS leadership, the results reflect more disquiet over local issues than a rejection of President Luis Arce’s administration. Opposition figures now occupy six of the nine governorships across Bolivia.

Impacts

  • The government will seek to establish collaborative ties with specific opposition governors.
  • Departmental governments will compete for scarce funding this year and next.
  • Any further decentralisation of power will be strictly limited.

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