Most of Bolivia's 7.5m people are poor Amerindians. Former President Lozada is a Californian-educated mine-owner who pushed through economic reforms. The new President General Hugo Banzer Suarez ruled as dictator in the 1970s. He was sworn in for the new constitutional period of five years on 7 Aug 1997.
The Democratic Nationalist Action (ADN) of General Banzer Suarez won only 22.3% of the vote in June 1997, but was able to arrange a coalition government.
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