Category: Public policy

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

Bolivian government is considering returning $449 mn of unused funds

The Government is considering returning $449 million (as at end-November) which had been allocated to the hydrocarbon exploration fund, in force since December 2015. The Incentives Act (Ley de Incentivos) will not be overturned, but the Government will assess whether or not the funds were or will be deployed. The funds were initially taken from regions, universities and others.

Damages to Police installations reached $21.7 million

The damage caused to police installations after the recent political and social unrest in Bolivia reach Bs. 150 million ($21.7 million), said the head of the institution, Rodolfo Montero. Several police quarters were burned by Evo Morales’ supporters after his resignation to the presidency.

Bolivia named first Ambassador to the US after 11 years

The new Bolivian Government named Oscar Serrate as Extraordinary Ambassador to the United States. Serrate will be the first Ambassador in the US in 11 years, when the then Ambassador Gustavo Guzman was expelled by the US government in response to a similar move from Evo Morales’ government. Serrate was Ambassador to the United Nations.

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.