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Bolivia protest leader goes home after Morales supporters take airport

Regional opposition leader, Luis Fernando Camacho, who was traveling to La Paz to push for President Evo Morales’ resignation reversed course on Tuesday after government supporters staked out an airport threatening his life. Camacho had flown from his base in Santa Cruz to the international airport outside La Paz with a pre-written resignation letter for Morales in an attempt to raise the heat on Bolivia’s long-standing leftist leader. But he said on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday that he was unable to leave the El Alto airport due to potential threats from Morales supporters waiting outside.

International reserves fell to $7.4 bn, the lowest level in 11 years

Bolivia’s International Reserves decreased from $8.9 billion, as of December 2018, to $7.4 billion on October 11. This is the lowest level in 11 years. Former President of the Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB), Juan Antonio Morales, warns that stocks can still fall if the country’s fiscal deficit and current account deficit does not get under control.

Bolivia’s gets into its third week of unrest with no clear solution on the horizon

There’s no quick solution on the horizon. After two weeks of the outbreak of the post-election crisis in Bolivia, there are at least three scenarios of solution to the conflict but none seems to gain enough consensus among all sectors. On one hand there is the solution proposed by the Government, which is not shared by either regional conservative leaders or political opposition. Another proposal comes from the civic movement (local civil society assemblies) and the National Democratic Council (Conade), who maintain the mobilizations and see that the only way out is Morales’ resignation, something that is seen as a coup by the government and as an unconsulted move by politicians. The last of the solutions is that of the formal opposition to the Government, headed by Carlos Mesa: to call for new elections with new electoral authorities.