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.

US reiterates request for “credible and transparent”electoral second round

The United States reiterated its request for a run-off between the two most-voted candidates: Evo Morales of the MAS (47.08%) and Carlos Mesa de CC (36.51%). A statement was read on behalf of Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo that said:”The Bolivian people have the right to elect their leaders in free and impartial elections. This right is enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Letter and in Bolivia’s Constitution.”

A country with a deficit and low income are main challenges for 2020 agenda

Bolivia is a country where six out of ten retirees are still working; where small businesses are closing due to high labour costs; where export revenues are continuing to decrease; and where government spending is continuing to increase and leaving a financial hole according to official figures, of more $ 3 billion dollars per year. Bolivia, where the economic slowdown is so notorious and international qualifiers, such as Fitch Ratings, predict growth of 2.8% by 2020. Exports dropped to approximately 30% during the last four years. As of August 2019, the trade deficit reached $772 million dollars. According to economist James Dunn, all these points must be addressed and included on the government’s 2020 economic agenda. He states that all the economic problems Bolivia are facing are a result of the economic model the government introduced in 2006, which needs to be updated since the plan no longer reflects today’s reality.