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In elections, Bolivia faces legacy of ousted socialist leader

The president could have done a lot more, Zelada said. He is considering voting for Mr. Mesa.

Mr Morales’ party staged its last election campaign this week in El Alto, a MAS stronghold perched above the capital. It was a block party, and hundreds, if not thousands, attended. Women in traditional skirts gathered under a canopy of fireworks as their husbands spilled beers on the ground, an offering to Mother Earth.

Many voters had something positive to say about Mr Morales, whose face shone with the blue party flags that crisscrossed the avenue on strings.

But there were also signs of the former leader’s declining popularity.

María Flores, 42, stood by the party. Ms Flores, a traveling saleswoman and mother of three, said she appreciated what Mr Morales had done for indigenous women like her. Many had stepped into professional roles in recent years and she was proud.

“We have always been treated badly,” she said. “Now, not so much.”

But she was tired of Mr Morales’ mistakes, especially his decision to run for a third and then a fourth term. “He’s done good things,” she said, “but please rest.

She will support Mr Arce, she said, but only because he had promised to move on.

“If he returns,” she said of Mr. Morales, “the people of El Alto will rise up. We want someone else.

The report was written by María Silvia Trigo from Tarija, Bolivia.

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