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Bolivia Declares Successful Census
November 27, 2012

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The Bolivian government has reported a successful day of census-taking, the first in 11 years.

More than 200,000 census-takers fanned out across the country of nearly 11 million people, who had been ordered to stay at home under penalty of fine. Police, of which 35,000 were deployed to enforce the census-taking and the curfew, detained about 300 throughout the country.

Major cities were shut down. La Paz, the capital, was very quiet. The same was reported for other cities.

The census-taking finished in urban areas on the one day but continued for a further two days in rural areas.

President Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous leader, suggested that the results of the census could bring some surprising changes in municipal boundaries. The last census, in 2001, reported a population of 8.3 million.

Statistics are eagerly anticipated for one of the questions, which asked residents to declare themselves part of one of 40 ethnic groups. A majority of Bolivians are of some kind of indigenous descent.

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