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The right-wing fury and the regionalist revolt that accompanied the drafting of Bolivia’s new constitution, between 2006 and 2008, brought on a full-scale political crisis that threatened to fracture the nation. After winning a popular referendum on his government in August 2008, President Evo Morales quickly moved to put the new constitution to a national vote. In the months leading up to the constitutional referendum of January 2009, individual articles of the document were debated passionately and at length in the pages of national newspapers, on television and radio programs, and throughout the country. Some opposition to the constitution focused...

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