The Bolivian Government Describes As "undemocratic" Citizen Councils

The Bolivian Government Describes As "undemocratic" Citizen Councils

La Paz, Oct. 11 (EFE) .- The Government of Bolivia on Friday considered 'undemocratic' the resolutions of the city councils against the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, who were called to ignore a possible triumph of the president in the elections of the next October 20.

Speaking to the media in La Paz, the Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ram├│n Quintana, considered a 'paradox' that the sectors opposed to the reelection of Morales talk about a 'dictatorship' in the country and, at the same time, summon a council.

The authority held that the council is a "plural deliberative space" recognized in the Constitution, which "responds precisely to the strength of a democratic society."


'What is not democratic is to call for ignorance of the election results, because the popular will of a whole country is being attributed. A council of I do not know how many people today intends to usurp the general will of the country, 'he said.

In his opinion, the councils seemed 'a campaign closure' of the opposition candidates rather than a 'respectful, democratic, popular consultation'.

For Quintana, "it is an anticipated expression of a catastrophic defeat of the conservative political forces", although he considered that the "Bolivian people" do not agree with those "undemocratic requests."

Sectors opposed to the reelection of Morales held this past Thursday massive cabildos or citizen assemblies in cities like La Paz and Cochabamba, coinciding with the Day of Democracy in Bolivia in memory of the end of dictatorships 37 years ago.

A call to vote only to those who comply with the Constitution and another to the 'democratic civil disobedience' if Morales wins in the elections were some resolutions of the council in La Paz, which also proposed to prosecute the ruler for treason, accused of violating the constitutional regime of natural resources.

The serious fires in Chiquitania, a Bolivian region in which millions of hectares of forest have burned since last August, are attributed from the opposition, as was revealed in the town hall, to a presidential decree that caused burning to gain ground for Agricultural and livestock interests.

The attendees also demanded the resignation of the members of the electoral body, considering them related to the Government for having endorsed their candidacy despite the referendum that denied the possibility of extending the two mandates followed by the Constitution that Morales himself promulgated.

The cabildo in La Paz was attended by opposition candidates such as former president Carlos Mesa and Senator Oscar Ortiz, although they were not part of the speakers. EFE