08 December 2009
Evo Morales romps to victory in Bolivian elections
The final results won't be available for a few more days, but it is certain the Evo Morales has been returned to the Bolivian presidency with over 61 percent of the votes cast. Manfred Reyes Villa, his nearest rival, scored a derisory 23 percent, and just to underscore the totality of the victory it looks as if Morales' Movement to Socialism party will hold at least 24 out of 36 seats in the Senate as well as a commanding majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
To make matters even sweeter the governing party increased its share of the vote in the truculent province of Santa Cruz from 33 percent in 2005 to 40 percent now. As this documentary shows, Bolivia is divided between its American-Indian majority who live in the western part of the country and some wealthy creole types who are based in Santa Cruz. The province has been threatening secession for some time, but with at least 40 percent of its people voting for the government those threats sound increasingly hollow.
With this incredible victory the forward march of the left in Latin America continues apace. Morales now has the majority needed to deepen the changers that his rule has brought to the country, changes that are already causing the old elite to get those bowel loosening moments that are such a pleasure for any socialist to watch.