Carlos Mesa, a Bolivian candidate in a former president's shadow

A centre-right candidate advocating both private investment and environmental protection, Bolivia’s former president Carlos Mesa has tried to widen his appeal beyond the upper and middle classes to the working class.Born into a family where both parents were architects and historians, the 67-year-old studied literature in the Spanish capital of Madrid and La Paz. He later worked as a journalist, documentary film maker and penned about 20 books.Mesa entered national politics in 2002 as the deputy to president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who resigned the following year amid violent protests over …

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