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Bolivia lithium: Industry business hit by political crisis

A boom or a burden? Bolivia’s struggle to make the most of its valuable lithium reserves.

Bolivia is home to one of the largest reserves of lithium.

The mineral is used in smartphones and electric car batteries. But extracting it can be challenging.

And now the future of the industry seems uncertain, as the country descends into a political crisis.

Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports from the Uyuni salt flats.