Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Drug war development

It appears that an indigenous indian has won election to the presidency in Bolivia. Evo Morales is a self proclaimed socialist and two of the first items on his agenda are formally recognizing the right of Bolivian farmers to cultivate coca and nationalizing the natural gas industry.

Unofficial results showed Evo Morales - himself a coca farmer - with a decisive lead over seven opponents that would make him the first indigenous president in the 180-year history of independent Bolivia and solidify a continental leftward shift.

This would appear to impact the efforts of the U.S. drug war bureaucracy in limiting the supply of cocain and its derivatives at the source and could also result in the price of illegal drugs on the street in the U.S. falling.

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