Bolivia

Luis Arce Sworn in as President of Bolivia

Luis Arce Catacora was sworn in as president of Bolivia on Sunday, accompanied by thousands of peasants and union delegations. Arce and his vice president made conciliatory speeches and many promises, but profound challenges lie ahead. 

The MAS Victory: An Initial Assessment by Bolivian Socialists

Several hours after the polls closed on Sunday in Bolivia, the preliminary results became known: Luis Arce, the candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS), won the first round with 52.4 percent. The right-wing candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the far-right candidate Luis Fernando Camacho, 14.1 percent. The MAS is set to return to power, after the government of Evo Morales was toppled last year in a coup. The de facto president, Jeanine Áñez, acknowledged the MAS victory. Official results are expected Tuesday. This is an initial assessment by Bolivian socialists.

Repression and Radicalization on the Rise in Bolivia

After the failure of the dialogue between Bolivia’s coup government and social organizations over the past weekend, the anti-government blockades continued, and the government began taking repressive measures on Monday in key places.

Massive Assembly in Bolivia Calls for General Strike Against Election Postponement by Coup Government

A march of thousands of people to Ceja de El Alto in Bolivia culminated in a massive assembly to demand that the general election take place September 6 as originally planned. A large coalition of working class sectors resolved to go on an indefinite general strike until the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) lifts the coup’s government’s new postponement of the elections.