Bolivian Leaders Meet

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales met yesterday with provincial governors, ministers, the leaders of Bolivia’s Congress and Senate and even a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the meeting was to try and defuse the growing conflict between Morales’ administration and breakaway eastern provinces who oppose his plans to redistribute wealth and land. Under the plan, wealthy eastern provinces would relinquish oil and natural gas profits and fallow land. The money and land would be given to the poorest Bolivians, most of whom are indigenous and concentrated in the western highlands. The situation had escalated recently, as supporters of both sides fought in the streets, resulting in a number of deaths. The meeting shows that both sides want to avoid further bloodshed and hope to end the crisis, but they are still a long way from a compromise that will be acceptable to all parties.

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