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By Fiona Ortiz LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians vote for a new president on Sunday but after violent street protests toppled leaders in 2003 and 2005 they have little hope a new government will solve the country's stubborn conflicts.
By Kevin Gray LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - After unseating two presidents in two years, Bolivians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new leader in a vote that could see a fiery leftist congressman and vocal U.S. critic become the country's first Indian to take office.
It's a tradition people outside Bolivia might find creepy: families perch human skulls on altars, revering them and asking them for protection and good luck. On Tuesday, the skulls were gussied up and taken to cemeteries, where the families crowned them with flowers and filled their jaws with lit cigarettes.
Up and down the icy spine of South America, the glaciers are melting, the white mantle of the Andes Mountains washing away at an ever faster rate. "Look. You can see. Chacaltaya has split in two," scientist Edson Ramirez said as he led a visitor up toward a once-grand ice flow high in the thin air of the Bolivian cordillera.