A military junta headed by General Ren Barrientos overthrows the MNR. Military regimes subsequently come and go with monotonous regularity until the election of the leftist civilian Movimiento de la Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR) under Dr Hernan Siles Zuazo in 1982.
[Hutchinson Encyclopedia, n.d.; The Guardian, 5/6/2004]
Zuazo is defeated in elections by Paz Estenssoro, who promptly moves to curb
the extremely high inflation levels, which at one point reach 35,000% annually.
He imposes austerity measures under pressure from the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) in exchange for temporary relief of Bolivia's large foreign debt.
[Green Left Weekly, 7/24/2002; Library of Congress Country Studies, n.d.]