Republic of Bolivia
República de Bolivia
Political Status: Independent republic proclaimed 1825; civilian government reestablished in October 1982 after virtually constant military rule since September 1969.
Area: 424,162 sq. mi. (1,098,581 sq. km.).
Population: 8,280,184 (2001C); 9,831,000 (2007E).
Major Urban Centers (2005E): LA PAZ (administrative capital, 826,000), Sucre (judicial capital, 231,000), Santa Cruz (1,337,000), Cochabamba (583,000), Oruro (209,000).
Official Languages: Spanish, Aymará, Quechua (Aymará and Quechua were adopted as official languages in 1977).
Monetary Unit: Boliviano (market rate November 1, 2008: 7.02 bolivianos = $1US).
President: Evo MORALES (Movement to Socialism); elected December 18, 2005, and inaugurated January 22, 2006, for a five-year term, succeeding Interim President Eduardo RODRÍGUEZ Veltsé (Nonparty).
Vice President: Álvaro GARCÍA Linera (Movement to Socialism); elected December 18, 2005, and inaugurated January 22, 2006, for a term concurrent with that ...