President of Bolivia Evo Morales: cult of personalty has developed around him after almost 14 years in power.  Photograph: Martin Alipaz

The contentious bid by Bolivia’s president Evo Morales to win a fourth consecutive term in office looks set to head for a run-off round after he faile(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales answers questions from the press  in La Paz on Monday a day after Bolivians appear to have rejected his bid to seek a fourth term in office. Photograph: Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales looks set to suffer his first significant electoral reversal after a decade in power as voters appeared to reject a pr(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales: faces accusations of influence-peddling involving his former partner. Photograph: EPA/ABI

A corruption affair involving his former lover has suddenly left Bolivia’s president Evo Morales facing the possibility his decade-long electoral win(...)

Tabaré Vázquez waves a Uruguayan flag to celebrate his victory in the country’s presidential election. His victory follows those in recent weeks for fellow leftists Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Sunday’s comfortable victory for the ruling Broad Front movement in Uruguay was the latest confirmation of the enduring appeal of left-wing rule in So(...)

Street vendors protesting against a 20 per cent increase in the cost of water yell at riot police in 2000, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photograph: Gonzalo Espinoza/AFP/Getty Images

If the debacle of Irish Water suggests the State is “heading gradually” towards ungovernability, as Fintan O’Toole suggested in these pages recently, (...)