Saturday, January 21, 2006

Morales Hot and Cold?

International Viewpoint (see Links right) today carries an interview with Evo Morales did with IV's correspondent two days after his poll victor on 18 December. In it Morales says the nationalisation of hydrocarbons (ie oil and gas) "will be our fist act" on the economic front. This seems not to correspond to what he has subsequently been saying to just about everyone else - that there will be no nationalisation of foreign-owned assets, and that he has no plans for the nationalisation of oil and gas. It seems self-evident that this central issue will be a good clue as to how his administration is going to evolve.
NB in most browsers the IV site updats once a day, so you may have to wait until tomorrow for the Morales interview.


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