BOLIVIA: Next: No. 189?

Another soldier in power

The streets of La Paz were littered with the bodies of slain protesters, and the new regime was holed up in the presidential palace behind a wall of tanks. Shops and banks were shuttered by a general strike, and a former head of state was demanding an uprising in support of the ousted government. But by Bolivian standards, last week's chaos was all too routine. In a country that has had 188 coups in the past 154 years (and once had three heads of state in a single 24-hour period), the most notable thing about the overthrow...

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