What elections in Bolivia and Brazil tell us

While their left-leaning governments have lifted many out of poverty, don’t hail the arrival of a new and better economic growth model just yet.

UN Photo: Rick Bajornas
Bolivian President Evo Morales did not become fluent in Spanish until he was a young adult. He grew up speaking Aymara, one of the languages spoken by Bolivia’s indigenous peoples.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/15/2014 1:30 am EDT

To nobody’s great surprise, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has won a third five-year term by a landslide majority. It’s no surprise because Bolivia’s gross domestic product has tripled since he took office in 2006. The number of people living in poverty has fallen by a quarter, even the poorest now have the right to a pension, and illiteracy has fallen to zero. Of course he won.

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