16 December 2005
Evo Morales set to become next Bolivian president
With a campaign slogan of "Causachun coca, wanuchun Yanquis" (Long live coca, death to the Yankees), Evo Morales is running ahead of his rivals in the race for the Bolivian presidency. In 2002 the American ambassador criticised him, only to see Morales' support triple. This time the Americans are keeping their heads down and their fingers crossed in the hope that something will turn up to stop the Morales juggernaut.
If elected Morales is expected to ally Bolivia with Venezuela and Cuba in opposition to America's plans for the region.