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Bolivia
Capital:
La Paz (seat of government); Sucre (legal capital and seat of judiciary)
Population:
8,724,156 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and drug production. Current goals include attracting foreign investment, strengthening the educational system, resolving disputes with coca growers over Bolivia's counterdrug efforts, and waging an anticorruption campaign.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $21.01 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
270,000 (2002)
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