August 27, 2005

Things Are Not Going Well For MAS

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Well, things are not going well for Evo and Garcia Linera. The ambitious project Garcia Linera wanted to push for by uniting the political left with all the social movements (specially in El Alto) never became reality.

Alvaro Garcia Linera, when asked by Evo if he would run for Vice-president at his side, answered he would, if and only if, all the social movements would ally in one colosus block. This project seemed very ambitious but if realized would have been a force to reckon with.

Well, the project has just crumpled. That is to say, the social movements were not able to bridge their differences and come to an accord. The results are that a half hearted effort to support the Garcia Linera/Evo formula has been agreed upon. Half hearted because from the two most important groups in El Alto, FEJUVE (Neighborhood Juntas Federation) and COR (Worker's Regional Union), only FEJUVE decided to continue supporting MAS. That is, if every thing goes as planned.

The members of COR decided, on its Friday's assembly, that they wanted to stay independent of political parties and therefore not officially support MAS in the next elections. I think this decision makes sense precisely because COR is a worker's union. Had they become involved with MAS, they would just be another political party. Would they be able to fight against the government without biting themselves on the tail? I don't think so.

As for the support of FEJUVE, it is conditioned to two things. First, in exchange for support, FEJUVE gets the four nominations for uninominal (directly elected deputies) deputies. And second, the president of FEJUVE, Abel Mamani, gets to run for the prefecture of La Paz under the MAS formula. However, this is not 100% secured. MAS, as FEJUVE, is composed of many smaller organizations, which are denominated bases or bases. These bases are questioning the deals MAS made with FEJUVE. They feel they also have to get some participants as candidates.

The thing gets more complicated when the gremiales (informal and formal small vendors) or the student unions are taken into account. El Alto is not an easy place to discern politically. There are too many interests and too many groups and too many differences among them to call them a cohesive group.

As a result, what I called the Garcia Linera project, has definitely disintegrated. Now it is up to MAS to keep this lefty "mass" together before more pieces start to fall apart. And I am not even mentioning the supposed gain on the middle-class voters Garcia Linera's candidacy was going to bring.

The big questions are: Will the Bolivian left be able to get its act together for December? Is there a Bolivian left, per se? Where are Izquierda Unida, Partido Cominista and Partido Socialista?

Prediction: There is one prediction I am voluteering to make in regards to the outcomes from all these alliances. ASSUMING, FEJUVE and other social movements alike, end up supporting MAS and also ASSUMING MAS, as is expected, gains seats in Congress, then I think it is reasonable to expect that the participating organizations will be quieter and will not engage in protests as much. That concretly means that if FEJUVE becomes part of the system by having leaders as congressmen, they will be less likely to stage as disrupting protests as they are accustomed to. In other words, they will become more or less irrelevant. Much like the once powerful CSUTCB (Only Peasant's Union of Bolivia).

5 comments:

eduardo said...

welcome to the world of comment spam, mabb.

Miguel A. Buitrago said...

Thanks Eduardo. :-)

eduardo said...

great...now my first comment makes no sense now that you erased all of the other spam ;)

Miguel said...

Don't worry Eduardo, I think people know what you mean when you talk about spann comments. I think I was the only clueless person in the blogsphere. I am glad though that Blogger added this anti-spam feature in the comments. I hope it works.

How is Africa coming along? Not much time for blogging, have you?

Anonymous said...

As we all now know Linera has accepted Morale´s petition to be the candidate for vice president, FEJUVE as far as I´ve heard has also become part of the MAS party...what now? what we have been living these past month is something no one would have ever imagined two years ago, traditional parties dissapearing, ex terrorists candidates as vice presidents ( although I don´t consider that to be all true), a candidatye for presidency who hasn´t finished highschool...this is really intreaguing, and the final desition will determine the future of a country who´s vision of what the future IS ( aymara filosophy: the aymara womnen that carry their babys on their backs)totally differs from region to region.