As you probably know from the mainstream media, Evo Morales and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won again by a landslide in the latest Bolivian elections. Atilio A. Boron explores why at Rebelión (in Spanish). Briefly:
1. Termination of illiteracy, following a Cuban program. In 2008 UNESCO declared the country to be officially free of this social handicap.
2. Improvement of healthcare, with the help of Venzuela and Cuba.
3. Improvement of public attention towards marginalized sectors like the elderly, handicapped and pregnant women.
4. Important advancements of the agrarian reform.
5. Recovery of the public control over natural resources (oil and gas).
6. Good macroeconomic management that has allowed the country to have solid reserves for the first time in history, which has in turn served the social and development agenda of the government.
7. Personal integrity and ascetic ("spartan") disposition of Evo, making of him a most charismatic leader.
There are also some moderate criticisms: that the development model is unoriginal and that there is certain contradiction between the eco-comunitarian discourse and the reality of this "extractivist" development style. However he argues that it would be too much to ask the government to make such titanic achievments in such a short time.