Perspectives Part II: Politics in Bolivia

Jupapina, Bolivia
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Journal Entry:

Part II, Bolivia:

Sometimes a language barrier can result in the breakdown of communication. When communication stops, understanding, compassion, empathy and acceptance can too. Meanwhile, anger, frustration, sadness and even violence can all take root and grow. Sometimes this can happen even when no cultural or linguistic barriers are present. This breakdown can happen between friends and within families and communities. Unfortunately, this is the type of breakdown that has been transpiring between the indigenous and upper-class communities of Bolivia, ever since President Evo Morales took his third term in 2014.

At that time, Bolivia’s Constitution stated that elected presidents would be granted a term of five years, after which they could only run for re-election once—meaning presidents could only stay in power for a total of two consecutive terms, or 10 consecutive years. In 2013, however, a Constitutional Court ruling in Bolivia allowed President Evo Morales to run for a third term.

As Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales supported an abundance of social and economic reforms in some of Bolivia's poorest and most rural areas.