Bolivia March 2015 Subnational Election Results in Perspective
Dr. John Crabtree
Research Associate, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford
Dr. Jeffery Webber
School of Politics & International Relations, Queen Mary University of London
Bolivian digital media specialist / journalist with social media background
Tuesday 28 April 18:30
Joint presentation with the
Institute of Latin American Studies
Senate House, Bedford Room G37, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
Tickets: £10, students (with valid ID) and concessions £5
Glass of wine, refreshments and nibbles included.
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Do Bolivia’s March subnational elections signal lasting developments in the political landscape or do the results reflect a temporary correction or protest vote by local community groups and organisations? The ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) led by President Evo Morales, which secured a handsome 61% result in the October 2014 Presidential elections, remains dominant nationally, yet in these elections lost control of the regional government and municipality in the seat of government La Paz, and the adjoining Aymara Indian city of El Alto, its support bastion and scenario of the 2003 War on Gas. The opposition retained control in the Santa Cruz region, and secured city hall in Cochabamba, but May second-round elections in the Beni, Chuquisaca and Tarija regions, where the MAS was determined to win, may yield further upsets. The panel will analyse these developments, and identify risks and opportunities moving forward.