Main image: La Paz, with the Illimani mountain in the background. Source: EEJCC / CC 4.0, Wikimedia. N.B. Statistics for infection and death-rates shown in images may differ from those in the text of this article Until now, Bolivia has faced the global pandemic of Covid-19 with fewer deaths and infections than some other countries in the region. Up to 5...
This article was written in early March, before the effects of Covid-19 virus became clear. Since then the national elections scheduled for 3 May have been postponed, at least until June, but almost certainly until October or later. The postponement was announced by the Supreme Electoral Court on 21 March, although no new date was fixed. The interim president is a woman Jeanine Añez. Photo: wikimedia After the...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.48, 7 March 2020 Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Main image: The Salar de Ayuni. Image: Pixgood.com As time moves on, some of the more obscure moments of recent months are beginning to become a little clearer: why Evo Morales resigned, how the decision...
Social media outlets, such as Twitter and WhatsApp, played a major role in the protests that spread across the Americas in 2019. In Chile, hashtags raised awareness of the protests online and explained the reasons why Chileans were taking to the streets. #Chiledespertó (#Chilewokeup) and #ChileQuiereCambios (#ChileWantsChanges) were two commonly used examples. This also meant that users across Chile...
This article was published by Bolivia Information Forum as BIF Bulletin No.47, 20 January 2020. Weblinks to BIF Bulletins are also available through the BIF Twitter account here: https://twitter.com/Boliviainfo Banner image: Cartoon by Al Azar (Alejandro Salazar) In spite of its interim status, the government of self-proclaimed president Jeanine Añez gives the impression that it intends to be here to stay, seeking to...
On 10 December, Alberto Fernández and his deputy Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation) assumed the Argentine presidency marking an end to the right wing administration of Mauricio Macri. The General Election had been held on 27 October with 33,858,733 Argentines heading to the polls, representing a turnout of just under 82%. The victorious Fernández, at the helm of a broad-church Peronist coalition named Frente de...
Banner image, above. From the website of the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency: "Investigations will proceed into 592 former government officials and their relatives to recover deposits made abroad." Some weeks ago nobody would have imagined that the Bolivian Prosecution Service would issue an arrest warrant against the former president, Evo Morales, whose government had complete control over that...
Two months have passed since Bolivia’s disastrous October 2019 presidential elections. During this time, Evo Morales resigned from the presidency, sought asylum in Mexico, and arrived in Argentina on 12 December, two days after Alberto Fernández assumed the presidency there. Argentina has granted him refugee status. In Bolivia, an interim government has been formed, both chambers of congress passed...
In addition to our website, LAB’s Facebook page provides a daily stream of summaries and links to articles published elsewhere. In this newsletter we have done away with our ‘Read more…’ rubric – the links to LAB and other articles appear as hyperlinks in the text. A wave of protest sweeps the continent Following hard on the tumultuous events in Chile which are still...
https://www.facebook.com/CabildeoDigital/videos/2565826723498833/ More than 50 development and human rights institutions in Bolivia have come together to appeal for a peaceful solution as the country is plunged into a social and political crisis. The crisis follows the disputed elections, the resignations of president Evo Morales and vice president Alvaro García Linera and their departure to exile in Mexico. Senate deputy leader Jeanine Añez...

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