In Evo’s Shadow, Bolivia’s President-Elect Arce Promises Moderate Socialism

Arce will be inaugurated to the top job on Sunday amid bubbling political tensions that remain in the country and the impending return of Morales after living in exile in Argentina.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Luis Arce, a quiet economist who will be sworn in as Bolivia’s president on Sunday after a landslide election win, knew where he stood in the political spectrum as a young teenager in La Paz, when he picked up the writings of philosopher Karl Marx.

Arce steered the Andean country’s economy for over a decade under former leader Evo Morales, an ebullient leftist who resigned last year after an election dogged by disputed claims of fraud sparked widespread protests. Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?