Recall vote set in divided Bolivia
May 14, 2008, 1:57 am
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From the Los Angeles Times

In a rare instance of political accord, President Evo Morales and his critics have agreed to support a recall election for Morales and all eight sitting state governors.

The referendum, scheduled for Aug. 10, will mark the third national vote in less than three years in this deeply divided Andean nation of 9 million.

Morales and his opponents, including some of the governors, are gambling that the vote will bloody their respective foes. But few experts view the election as likely to oust the leftist Morales, a vocal U.S. critic, or temper the country’s political polarization.

“The referendum won’t provide an exit from the crisis,” Juan Antonio de Chazal, a political analyst, told the La Paz daily La Razon. “It’s more like a taking stock of forces to see who has more legitimacy.”

Said Morales: “Personally I don’t fear the people. . . . Let the people judge elected officials.”

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