January 18, 2006

The Inauguration: Who'll Be Attending and How Will it be Happening

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This inauguration day is unique in the history of Bolivia. No other even can compare to the scale of this event. To pull this off, the La Paz government has had to appeal no only to the police to prvide security, but has had to come up with original ideas to deal with the scope. Examples of this are: the various rival political parties like MNR and MIR and others, have had to volunteer to work side by side to clean the entire city. Every party took a delineated zone and the supporters cleaned the streets. That is of course, the entire health and environment department of La Paz would already be involved in the operation. As far as security, as I mentioned not only the entire police force of La Paz is involved (around 8000), there are also delegations of other departments (Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, for example). Additional security is being provided by volunteer miners (around 1000) and other governmental workers in La Paz.

Above you can see a graph from La Razon which shows the plans and the scale of the project.


Here is a graphic from La Razon, showing a more complete list.

Here is a sample list of who'll be attending Evo Morales' inauguration.


Néstor Kirchner (Argentina)
Inacio Lula Da Silva (Brasil)
Alfredo Palacio (Ecuador)
Álvaro Uribe (Colombia)
Ricardo Lagos (Chile)
Martín Torrijos (Panamá)
Alejandro Toledo (Perú)
Nicanor Duarte (Paraguay)
Hugo Chávez (Venezuela)
Janez Drnofek (Eslovenia)
Mahamed Albdelaziz (Rep. Árabe de Saharahui)

Organiziations (from the 70 already confirmed)

Organización Nal. de Pueblos Indígenas (ONPIA). Argentina
Cooperativa de Feriantes Mayoristas Frutihortícola del Norte argentino Limitada.
Partido Comunista Revolucionario de Argentina.
Asociación de Madres Plaza de Mayo, Argentina.
Partido Democrático Revolucionario de Argentina, PDR.
Organizaciones Indígenas Amazónicas (COIAB).
Consejo de Todas las Tierras de la República de Chile.
Fondo Indígena de Chile.
Confederación de Trab. Metalúrgicos de Chile.
Organización Nal. Indígena de Colombia (ONIC).
Alianza Indígena (Colombia).
Partido Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA), Colombia.
Movimiento Indígena Pachakuti del Ecuador.
Consejo nacional de Indígenas del Ecuador.
Consejo Nal. Indígena Salvadoreño (CCNIS).
Izquierda Unidad de España.
Decenio de Maya de Guatemala.
Consejo Nal. de Pueblos Autóctonos de Honduras (CONPAH).
Comité Revolucionario de Libia.
Internacional Nacional Socialista de México.
Partido de la Revolución Democrática de México.
Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo de Nicaragua.
Frente Democrático de Liberación de Palestina.
Conf. Campesina de Perú.

Some numbers

Diplomatic missions from all continents will arrive in Bolivia for the January 22 inauguration ceremony, where Evo Morales will swear and become President of Bolivia.

60 diplomatic missions confirmed their attendance.

11 presidents among them.

Rather, zero (0) Fidel Castro.

The Bolivian government will carry costs in the neighborhood of US$ 12 million to host all the guests.

1000 to 1200 acredited journalists will be covering the ceremonies from China, Japón, Rusia, Suecia, Holanda, Italia, México, Canadá, Inglaterra, Alemania, España, Francia, Venezuela, Brasil, Argentina, Perú, Chile, Paraguay y Uruguay, for example.

For them there will be around 60 computers available, with flat screen monitors, USB, state of the art chips, Wi-Fi, DSL (broad band access), plasma TVs, a fiber optic port with 20 GB/s for live feeds, and satellite transmitions.

10000 volunteers to clean up La Paz.

3000 touristic brochures.

A giant Quinua cake (5x3x3 meters) depicting Morales' face and the Illimani as background.

Around 70 representatives of indigenous groups will be attending the ceremony in Tiwanaku.

Around 200000 people are awaited to gather in San Francisco square.

100000 will be coming from the other departments.


Friday 20 - The Bolivian government will be waiting the whole day for all the official delegations arriving at the El Alto airport. It will also provide transportation to the hotel.

Saturday 21 - This day too, the government will wait for the arriving delegations. Some delegations will be presented with military honors.

This day is when president elect Morales will take part in the arqueologic town of Tiwanaku a unique andean ceremony, where the indigenous peoples will invest him with symbolic power. This ceremony is traditionally andean and gives power and moral authority to the new leader. He will receive the wooden scepter and the whip, to govern and punish.

10:00 - Morales will head to Tiwanaku
12:00 - The ceremony will take part. Morales will get the ceremonial and symbolic power.
14:00 - Morales will return to La Paz.

19:15 - All visiting presidents and high officials will head to the "Buned Palace" (the Bolivian White House).
19:00 - Outgoing president Rodriguez Velze will welcome the guests.
20:00 - The reception in honor of the distinguished guests begins.

Sunday 22 - Inauguration day

12:00 - Begin the arrival of guests to the legislative building.
12:30 - Arrival ot the presidents and high officials to the legislative building.
13:00 - Arrival of Rodriguez Velze
13:15 - Arrival of Morales and Garcia
13:00 - Message to the nation by President Rodriguez Velze. Hand back of the presidential symbols or medals to the National Parliament. Swearing of the new authorities.
15:30 - President Evo Morales walks diagonally across the street to the Palacio Quemado (Burned Palace).
16:00 - Military column of honor.
16:50 - President Morales and Vice-President Garcia head to the San Francisco square to take part in the celebrations and once again "pledge allegiance to the people."
17:00 - Morales and Garcia compromise to the people (the pledge of allegiance I call it).
19:30 - All the heads of states have the opportunity to congratulate Morales and Garcia.
20:00 - Reception offered by President Morales in honor of his guests.

Monday 23 - 9:30 am will be the appointment ceremony of Morales' cabinet.

13:00 Morales heads to Sucre (a.k.a. Chuquisaca).
15:30 - Morales will designate and present the 9 departmental Prefects (heads of departmental governments) in the Liberty House.