Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups.
Detailed country profile
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GDP Composition by sector (2011)
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Ports and Terminal:
Puerto Aguirre (inland port on the Paraguay/Parana waterway at the Bolivia/Brazil border)
Bolivia has free port privileges in maritime ports in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay
Chief of state: President Juan Evo MORALES Ayma (since 22 January 2006) Vice President Alvaro GARCIA Linera (since 22 January 2006)
note - the president is both chief of state and head of government
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president
elections: president and vice president elected on the same ticket by popular vote for a single five-year term; election last held 6 December 2009 (next to be held in 2014)
Based on Spanish law and Napoleonic Code; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Land Boundaries:total: 6,940 km
Climate:Varies with altitude; humid and tropical to cold and semiarid
Environment and international agreement:
Signed, but not ratified: Environmental Modification and Marine Life Conservation
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Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production.
In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor majority.
Source: The world factbook www.cia.gov
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