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Newly instated Bolivian President Luis Arce will pay an official visit to Mexico on Wednesday, March 24, at the invitation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in order to participate in the observance of Indigenous Peoples Resistance Day the following day.

}The Indigenous Peoples Resistance Day celebration is part of a larger month-long national commemoration AMLO is organizing in accordance with the Bicentennial of the Consummation of Mexican Independence.

Arce will be the second foreign head of state to participate in the bicentennial observance, with Argentine President Alberto Fernández having visited last month for three days.

Arce, a diehard socialist who took office in November, is a staunch supporter of ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales, who briefly took political asylum in Mexico last year.

Morales, who led the country for almost 14 years as the first indigenous president, sparked a widespread backlash in 2019 when he ran for an unprecedented fourth term in the face of term limits and a national referendum.

After claiming victory in that election, Morales was eventually forced to resign following angry protests, and he fled the country shortly afterward.

Arce, who was handpicked by Morales for the socialist platform, has, like AMLO, promoted populist politics and the nationalizing of strategic sectors such as hydrocarbons and energy, while pushing domestic production with public investments and subsidies.

…March 8, 2021

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