Category: Politics

Information related to political affairs that have an impact on Bolivia’s economic development.

Who is Jeanine Añez, the new president of Bolivia

Beni’s senator Jeanine Añez assumed the presidency of Bolivia on Tuesday afternoon, after holding the presidency of the Senate due to the resignation of the President and Vice President of this body. The legislator activated the presidential succession established in the Political Constitution of the State.

Evo resigns amid shadow fraud and closes a 13-year cycle

Evo Morales Ayma yesterday resigned to the Presidency of Bolivia amid the shadow of electoral fraud verified by a preliminary report of the Organization of American States (OAS), after a crisis was unleashed on 20 October by a wave of allegations of irregularities and which yesterday led to a request from the agency to call for new elections.

Evo Morales agrees to new elections after irregularities found

The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, is to call fresh elections after international monitors identified serious irregularities in the last vote and recommended a new ballot. The announcement comes after weeks of unrest over disputed election results, which escalated over the weekend as police forces joined anti-government protests, and the military said it would not “confront the people” who had taken to the streets.

Transport guilds instruct border closures in Bolivia

The Departmental Transport Chamber in La Paz (Cadetran), the El Alto Heavy Transport Association and other transport guilds instructed the closure of the border towns of Tambo Quemado and Desaguadero, in protest for the results of the 20 October elections. The associations represent La Paz’s national and international freight services.

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.

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.