Donald Trump Lifts The Restriction On The Delivery Of Assistance To Bolivia

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday lifted the restriction on the provision of assistance to Bolivia, considering it "vital" for the interests of his country.

In a memo addressed to the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Trump pointed out that assistance to that country in fiscal year 2020 (which runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020) "is vital to the national interests of United States, "according to the White House Press Secretariat.

In 2017, the United States indicated that Bolivia and Venezuela were, together with Burma, the countries of the world where there was a "demonstrable failure" when implementing their international obligations in the fight against drugs.

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The Government report on drug trafficking in the world, relative to 2016, contained the recommendations issued by former President Barack Obama, in which he appointed Bolivia, Venezuela and Burma as responsible for a failed policy in the fight against drugs in the previous twelve months .

That denomination could imply sanctions, but, in the case of Bolivia, Obama did not estimate that the United States had in his "national interest" to continue the aid, so that the assistance Washington provided to that country was limited to humanitarian and Fight against drug trafficking, which was minimal.

Barack Obama had ordered the restriction of assistance to Bolivia in 2017, due to his failed policy in the fight against drugs. (AP)

The Trump administration backed the interim government that leads in Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, after President Evo Morales left power last November 10.

Last December, the interim Minister of Government (Interior) of Bolivia, Arturo Murillo, said during a visit to Washington that they seek "fraternal relations with the United States" and expected "all possible aid."

The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, received support from the United States from the first moment of her rise to power. (Xinhua / ABI)

Morales abandoned the power forced by the Armed Forces in the midst of a crisis that broke out after the October 20 elections.

The Organization of American States (OAS) warned that in those elections, in which Morales imposed himself, "serious irregularities" were detected.

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The president's resignation was described as a "coup d'etat" by several Latin American governments and politicians, while other countries recognized the interim Executive of Áñez.

This Sunday, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia approved the call to the 2020 General Elections along with the calendar that will govern the activities prior to the elections, which will be held on May 3.

Source: EFE

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