Ex-president of Bolivia visits AU

Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, the former Bolivian president who was ousted in October, spoke to a crowded Kay Spiritual Life Center last night emphasizing the importance of democracy in Latin America.

Lozada spoke for an hour about the U.S. foreign policy and War on Drugs, eradication of cocoa fields and his country's economic problems.

"Bolivia is so poor that the rich is poor," Lozada said. "We don't have a normal wealth income. The income system is askewed."

During the questions from audience, one man confronted the Lozada with accusations that he stole $80 million from the country, gave an order to kill many people and commented that the former president left the country in ruins.

Others asked about fair trade, lack of representation for indigenous groups and opposition groups, and criticized his former vice president, now President Carlos Mesa.

The event was co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Center for Democracy and Election Management and the School of International Service.

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