Today, August 6, 2006, Bolivia does not only celebrates its 181 years of independence, but also starts the one year process to, as its president Morales says, "re-found the country". Today in the official capital city of Sucre, the 255 member Constituent Assembly is being inaugurated with all the ceremonies it deserves.
Take a look at this almost live photo stream from Yahoo! (click on the image)
On Saturday, Morales spoke to the Congress (joint session) and gave a sort of state of the union address. In his speech, Morales highlighted what his government achieved in its first six months in power. He said his government implemented a policy of austerity, which reduced the salaries of the members of government, including the president's, congress and the judiciary, not to mention high functionaries in the bureaucracy. A second achievement was the so called alphabetization. This meant that many Bolivians were taught to read and write. At the same time, many others in the urban areas will be taught to read and write in an indigenous language. On health he highlighted the work of the Cuban doctors who came to Bolivia to offer free care. Fourthly, he mentioned the around 8 tons of cocain confiscated. And finally, he assured Bolivia would continue to have stable growth, mainly due to the forgiveness of around 70% of Bolivia's foreign debt by the international community.
At the same time, it has been reported by the media, that Morales will travel to the USA in September this year. Taking advantage of an invitation from the UN for Morales to attend the meeting, the president wants to meet with "people" (we don't know who yet) to talk about the ATPDEA and its importance for Bolivia. This trip will build on Linera's last trip to the US.
As I write this, the events in Sucre take place and thus the reports coming out are few still. Here is list of link of news about it. Courtesy of Yahoo News, of course. :-)
Bolivia prepares to rewrite constitution
AP via Yahoo! News - Aug 05 6:44 PMPresident Evo Morales' drive to reinvent Bolivia takes a big step Sunday with the opening of a convention to write a new constitution aimed at ending the centuries-old supremacy of the European-descended minority.
Bolivia starts assembly to rewrite constitution to give more power to Indian majority
Khaleej Times - 38 minutes agoSUCRE, Bolivia - President Evo Morales launched his ambitious drive to give more power and opportunity to Bolivia’s Indian majority on Sunday when he officially opened a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the nation’s constitution.
Divisions clear as Bolivia starts new constitution
The Plain Dealer - Aug 06 4:46 AMSucre, Bolivia -- President Evo Morales' drive to reinvent Bolivia is taking a big step today with the opening of a convention to write a new constitution aimed at ending the centuries-old supremacy of the European-descended minority.
Bolivia working to unify country
San Jose Mercury News - Aug 06 3:34 AMThis quiet, colonial city nestled in the Andean mountains has hosted some of this country's most auspicious moments, from economic booms fueled by nearby silver mining to the declaration of Bolivia's independence in 1825.
President congratulates Bolivia, Ivory Coast on independence days
Islamic Republic News Agency - Aug 06 7:29 AMIran - Bolivia - Ivory Coast President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a massage unday congratulated Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma as well as the Bolivian government and people on the country's Independence Day.
Bolivia Ponders Changes to Current Constitution
Angus Reid - 35 minutes ago- Adults in Bolivia are divided on the issues that should be tackled by the National Constituent Assembly, according to a poll by Apoyo, Opinión y Mercado.
Bolivia set to write new constitution
Arizona Daily Star - Aug 06 12:24 AMSUCRE, Bolivia — President Evo Morales' drive to reinvent Bolivia takes a big step today with the opening of a convention to write a new constitution aimed at ending the centuries-old supremacy of the European-descended minority.
Bolivia Prepares to Rewrite Constitution
ABC News - Aug 05 9:28 AMBolivia Prepares to Rewrite Constitution Aimed at Improving Lot for Indian Majority
Drive to reinvent Bolivia
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - Aug 06 1:31 AMSUCRE, Bolivia - President Evo Morales' drive to reinvent Bolivia takes a big step today with the opening of a convention to write a new constitution aimed at ending the centuries-old supremacy of the European-descended minority.
High hopes as Bolivia rewrites constitution
Seattle Times - Aug 06 12:19 AMThis quiet, colonial city in the Andean mountains has hosted some of this country's most auspicious moments, from economic booms fueled...