Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A mouthful of coca leaves

A dancer at a parade in Sucre, Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales, a key South American ally of the Cuban government, is up for re-election in December. His fate is vital to those who want to promote socialism in Latin America.
Morales, former leader of the country's coca growers, is the most visible candidate right now and he's the one to beat. But he doesn't have universal support, especially in such places as Sucre, a colonial city southeast of La Paz.
I got back from Sucre last night. It was a short trip - too brief to gain an understanding of what's going on in Bolivia. But I did get some insight into how things are going for Morales and how people feel about him in Sucre. I'll probably write a story about the trip - and if I come up with anything related to Cuba, I'll post it here.

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