Weekly Report - 24 August 2023 (WR-23-34)

BOLIVIA: MAS divisions pushing party to the brink

The divisions in Bolivia’s ruling left-wing Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) are now stretching the party to breaking point. As the war of words heats up between MAS factions loyal to either President Luis Arce or former president Evo Morales (2006-2019), the next battleground could be a courtroom. Justice Minister Iván Lima has said that he will bring legal charges against Morales, who he is accusing of defamation. Whilst Lima insists that he is initiating legal proceedings in his capacity as a private citizen, Morales has claimed that Lima is operating on the “instructions” of Arce.

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