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1.Introduction (1 Page): should be written last, once you have actually completed theaudit. It should provide a succinct overview of the state of democracy in your countryby summarizing the main findings presented in the body of your memo.
2.Background/History (1/2 Page): brief analysis of the history of democracy in yourcountry and other notable events worth mentioning.Between 1978 and 1980, Bolivia was constantly in a state of crisis. The fragmentation ofpolitical forces made it impossible for any party to dominate. In the three elections held duringthis period, no party achieved a majority, and alliances of various groups could not break thedeadlock. Social unrest increased as peasants began to agitate again on a large scale for the firsttime since their rebellion in the late colonial period. The Bolivian workers were more radicalthan ever, and in 1979, during the COB's first congress since 1970, they vehemently protestedthe economic austerity measures dictated by the IMF.The division in the armed forces and the increasing visibility of paramilitary groups reflectedthe institutional decay of the military. A civilian investigation into human rights violationscommitted during the Banzer regime further demoralized the officer corps.General Pereda did not call for elections, despite his promise to do so, and he wasoverthrown in a bloodless coup in November 1978 by General David Padilla Arancibia, who wassupported by the younger institutionalist faction of the military. He saw the main role of themilitary as the defense of the country rather than political intervention and announced electionsfor 1979 without naming an official government candidate. Electoral reforms simplified voterregistration, and 90 percent of the electorate chose among eight presidential candidates in honestelections.When none of the main candidates gained a majority, the Congress appointed former MNRAhead Guevara Arze as interim president on August 8, 1979. This first civilian regime since thebrief term of Siles Salinas in 1969 was overthrown, however, by a bloody coup under ColonelAlberto Natusch Busch in November. When Natusch stepped down after two weeks because of

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