Bolivia Scrambles to Maintain South American Unity Amid US Support For Right Wing Governments

Given the clearly right-wing nature of the ruling parties in the countries that withdrew from UNASUR, the move can be seen as the latest blow against a fading trend of left-wing governments in the region and a result of the increasingly bitter inter-state debate swirling around Venezuela’s political future.

South American Nations Union (UNASUR) General Secretary Ernesto Samper, right, speaks to the press, next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Samper is on an official visit to Bolivia (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

QUITO, ECUADOR -- Bolivia plans on struggling hard to maintain the unity of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), after half of its member states declared the indefinite suspension of their participation in the regional organization, President Evo Morales told reporters yesterday. "We are going to make all the efforts to reach consensus

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