Evo Morales was born October 26, 1959, in Isallavi, Bolivia. In the mid-1990s, when the Bolivian government was suppressing coca production with U.S. assistance, he helped found a national political party—the leftist Movement Toward Socialism. He won a seat in the House of Deputies (the lower house of the Bolivian legislature) in 1997 and was elected president of Bolivia in 2005.
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