In most countries, the job of Vice President is limited to sitting around and waiting for the President to die.
In Bolivia, the Vice President’s job includes explaining the cast of the country’s leading telenovela. Which is a tough job, because there is a new episode every day.
I’ve been meaning to write about the gripping saga of Evo Morales and his family, which turns out to be larger than we thought, but with new developments every day, I haven’t found the time yet. In short, it’s about love affairs, corruption, a child who was declared dead but turns up alive 8 years later, the miraculous career of a young woman who had a child with the President when she was 18, Bolivian-Chinese business deals, a President who allegedly didn’t recognize his (ex-)girlfriend when she posed for a photo with him, family feuds and much more. In typical South American fashion, President Morales blames all of this on a foreign conspiracy (as of now, he hasn’t implicated me personally yet).
Stay tuned! It’s rare that you can watch live as a President dismantles his own achievements and his legacy, day by day.