Morales (…) has indicated that he wants to nationalize the mining and forestry industries, stirring initial concerns among U.S.-based mining companies – such as Apex Silver, Coeur d’Alne and Newmont – that together have invested $750 million in Bolivia.

The populist measures – taking from wealthy Bolivians and foreign investors and giving to the poor – are popular with voters, and that’s just the point, analysts say, pointing to the upcoming July 2 election for representatives to an assembly that will rewrite Bolivia’s constitution. Source: