July 05, 2004

Bolivian News Headlines

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These are some headlines from Bolivian newspapers translated into English. Click on the links to go to the newspaper to read the original article in Spanish.

The Presidents of Bolivia and Brazil Define Meeting Agenda.

Debt forgiveness, road construction, and the construction of two thermoelectric plants are the central topics of next Thursday's meeting between the president of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa and the president of Brazil, Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva. (El Diario)

The Government Will Use Force in Order to Guarantee Referendum.

The Bolivian Government will handle boycotters as delinquents. The army and police will guard the 20,606 electoral tables. President Mesa asked Bolivians to defend their right to vote. (La Razon)

In La Paz, the Rains Leave, but the Temperature Continues to Fall.

In the Altiplano temperatures will continue to fall, although they will not fall under this month's predicted low -2.8 C° (26 F). Snow will continue threatening Potosi and in the east (Santa Cruz) and the valleys (Cochabamba) the weather will continue to be temperate. (La Razon)

MAS Expels "Filipo", and Processes 4 Senators.

Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) concluded in yesterday's assembly to expel senator Filemon Escobar from its ranks for voting in favor of the US troops' immunity treaty. Other four senators, Alicia Muñoz, Carlos Sandy, Bonifaz Bellido y Marcelo Aramayo, will be disciplined. (Los Tiempos)

Potosi is Ready to Implement Regional Autonomy.

Potosi's prefect, Gisela Derpic, assures that Potosi is ready for autonomy and is in the best conditions. Derpic cites the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors as the bases of Potosi's economy. (El Potosi)

Road Blocking Against the Rise in Public Transport Prices.

Intersections and avenues were blocked starting 6 am by neighbors and workers in Santa Cruz. These protests were against the rise in public transport prices. (El Mundo)

Ayo-Ayo Gives the Government an Ultimatum: They Will Create a New State.

The people of Ayo-Ayo, headed by Gabriel Pinto (leader of the Movement Without Land) has given the government until next Wednesday to set free those accused in the murder of the mayor, Benjamin Altamirano. Pinto added that if the government does not set the accused free there will be no negotiations and Ayo-Ayo will establish an independent state. (El Mundo)

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