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The incident occurred just as Bolivia’s right-wing groups began a strike in opposition to the result of the presidential election held on October 18, in a bid to paralyze the country days before Arce’s inauguration.
Arce soundly defeated his rivals and secured 55.1 percent of the vote in the presidential election. The main opposition figure, Carlos Mesa, who took just under 29 percent of the vote, has refused to recognize the result of the election.
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