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On this day January 22, 2006

Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president after 470 years since the Spanish Conquest.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

Morales was first elected President of Bolivia on December 18, 2005, with 53.7% of the popular vote in an election that saw the participation of 84.5% of the national electorate.

Two and a half years later he substantially increased this majority; in a recall referendum on August 14, 2008, more than two thirds of voters (67.4%) voted to keep him in power.

On January 22 he officially received power in a ceremony in La Paz attended by multiple heads of state, including Argentine President Néstor Kirchner and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, whose country has had a history of diplomatic conflict with Bolivia was also present and met with the dignitary in private. Morales described his presidency as marking a new era, and that the 500 years of colonialism were now at an end.

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LA migrant workers remittances

Slumping economies in the United States, Spain and Japan are causing reverberations in the countries of Latin America as migrant workers send less money home.

Latin America

Latin America

The Inter-American Development Bank reported that for the first time since they began tracking remittances in 2000, remittances to Latin America declined in the fourth quarter of 2008, dropping 2% relative to the fourth quarter of 2007.

In January, remittances declined further, with Colombia experiencing a 16% drop relative to 2008, Brazil suffering a 14% decline, Mexico 12%, and Guatemala and El Salvador each falling 8%.

These numbers come as 2008 saw an average 10% increase in remittances. Nearly US$70 billion was sent back to families in those areas in 2008. Read More…

Bolivia opposition agree on referendum

President of Bolivia Evo Morales enacts a new constitution which grants more power to the country’s indigenous majority and allows for land reform.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

As Bolivia’s first indigenous President, Evo Morales enacted the new constitution on 7 February 2009, saying that he had accomplished his mission to “re-found” Bolivia.

He spoke in front of thousands of his supporters in the town of El Alto, located near La Paz, claiming that his opponents had “tried ceaselessly” to have him killed. He also said: “Now I want to tell you that they can drag me from the palace.

They can kill me. Mission accomplished for the re-founding of the new united Bolivia”. One key reform allows Morales to stand for re-election in December 2009. Read More…

Bolivia’s Evo Morales wins referendum

The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, 49, has claimed victory after voters ratified a new leftist constitution, granting more power to the country’s indigenous majority.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

“The indigenous farmers, the most marginalized sector throughout the history of the republic, are now recognized as people with the same rights as any citizen.

Here begins the new Bolivia. Here we begin to reach true equality,” Morales told a crowd in front of the flag-draped balcony of Palacio Quemado in La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia. Read More…

Morales e prefeito oposicionista votam sobre nova Constituição

Ao votar hoje (25) o presidente da Bolívia, Evo Morales, pediu à população que vote pelo sim à Constituição da qual, segundo ele, depende o destino e melhores dias para os bolivianos.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

“Trata-se de uma jornada histórica que deixará marcas nas páginas da história. Estou aqui, como sempre, para cumprir meu dever com a democracia”, disse Morales, segundo informam a BBC Brasil e a Agência Boliviana de Notícias.

Se vitorioso, o sim tornará permanentes algumas mudanças já implantadas por Morales na Bolívia. Já o prefeito do Departamento de Santa Cruz, Rubén Costas, ao votar em sua cidade, pediu que a população fique atenta às urnas para que não ocorram fraudes.

Antes de votar, ele assistiu uma missa na Catedral de Santa Cruz. “O povo deve vigiar as urnas com firmeza. Deve ser zeloso guardião do nosso voto. É um dia bonito para todos os bolivianos”, disse Costas. Read More…

On this day October 9, 1967

A day after being caught, Che Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara born on June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina was a Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. After his death, his stylized image became a ubiquitous countercultural symbol worldwide.

In December 1956, he was among the revolutionaries who invaded Cuba under Castro’s leadership with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to Comandante, and played a pivotal role in the successful guerrilla campaign that deposed Batista. Read More…

Presidentes sul-americanos vão discutir crise na Bolívia

Os presidentes dos países que integram a União de Nações Sul-Americanas (Unasul) intensificaram seus contatos nas últimas horas e acertaram que na segunda-feira (15) terão um encontro de urgência em Santiago, capital chilena, para discutir a situação boliviana e reiterar apoio institucional ao presidente Evo Morales.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) -  Governo do estado de Santa Cruz lê para a população o estatuto que define os termos da autonomia em relação ao governo central

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

A Agência Boliviana de Informação (ABI) destaca que  a reunião será no Chile porque esse país tem neste momento a presidência temporária da organização, que reúne todos os países da América do Sul. Em recente declaração a favor da institucionalidade democrática na Bolívia, o organismo regional assinalou que “lamenta o prolongamento de ações de grupos civis que levam à perda de vidas humanas, a pessoas feridas, à destruição de bens públicos e privados, ao enfraquecimento institucional , ao risco para a democracia e que poderiam ameaçar sua unidade e integridade territorial”. Read More…