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Friday, May 14, 2004
Bolivia: is this escalation?
Steam rising from the recently tepid olla podrida that is Bolivian politics.
On May 11, I mentioned that the Tribunal constitucional had thrown a spanner in the works by ruling that four soldiers acquitted by courts martial of misdeeds during last year's uprisings can be tried again by civil courts.
(Most links to pieces in La Prensa )
The military were not best pleased. And the regular parties, whatever their revolutionary antecedence, seem to be encouraging them to spread their wings, politically speaking.
Senators from those parties - in the absence of those from Evo Morales' MAS party - passed a bill designed, as I understand it, in effect retrospectively to repeal the Tribunal constitucional's judgement .
And Morales is not best pleased at having been done up like a kipper . I've mentioned before the word derechización before in his connection: his strategy had been to support President Carlos Mesa, and look to MAS gaining power the constitutional way.
But now, it seems, Morales has crashed his gearbox, and MAS is in reverse . Today's story says:
El MAS rompe con el presidente Carlos Mesa y anuncia que tomará las calles.
(More here - Mesa, sensible fellow, seems intent on keeping as low a profile as possible.)
I'm still not clear whether this one is developing or not. I'm staying tuned, though.
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