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The Bolivian Military And A New Constitution

December 13 2004


Bolivian President Carlos Mesa on Dec. 6 ordered his country's armed forces to offer reform proposals for a Constitutional Assembly, scheduled to convene in 2005. Mesa apparently wants the military to mediate between opposing groups of highland and lowland Bolivians by making the country's military chieftains active participants in a democratic political process. However, Mesa's action also opens a door for the military -- which has a history of nationalism and corruption...



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