In-depth: Bolivia suffers from more than a century of political and social instability

With local elections coming up on April 11th and its former interim president Jeanine Áñez in prison, the Andean country is trying to emerge from yet another of the crises that have characterized its turbulent political and social history over the last century.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bolivia began the 20th century with the defeat of several wars that ended with the loss of much of its territory - and its access to the sea - to Brazil and Chile. Between 1932 and 1935, in the Chaco War, Paraguay stripped Bolivia of another 450,000 square kilometers approximately.

As a result of the continental encirclement, the disastrous outcome of the confrontation with Paraguay and the semi-feudal conditions for the peasants and workers in the tin mines, the country's main product after the silver of colonial times, the Bolivian people were discontented. Political instability . . .

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