Sunday, February 01, 2009

'Change' Predicted for U.S.-Bolivia Relations

by Haider Rizvi

NEW YORK, Jan 29 (OneWorld.net) - Relations between the United States and Bolivia, as well as other left-leaning governments, are likely to improve under the administration of President Barack Obama, according to analysts specializing in U.S. foreign policy.

"The State Department's response to Bolivia's referendum is a hopeful sign," said Mark Weisbrot, president of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington, DC-based independent think tank whose board members include Nobel Prize-winning economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz.

Following a nationwide vote in Bolivia over the weekend, U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Monday: "We congratulate the Bolivian people on the referendum....We look forward to working with the Bolivian government in ways we can to further democracy and, you know, prosperity in the hemisphere."


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