November 25, 2007

MAS and the Government Impose Their Constitution

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UPDATE: Pronto* has been following the situation in Bolivia and here is what he has to say: "The text of the new constitution was supposed to be approved by two thirds of the Assembly delegates. But since the opposition was absent from the meeting, this no longer seemed to matter. Technically, MAS delegates represent a quorum (half plus one), and they voted for the text by a staggering 98% of those present. The Assembly still needs to meet again to vote on the draft, article by article. Once these are approved, the constitution will be put up for a national referendum, w/ a simple “Yes” or “No” vote, requiring a simple majority to pass." (Read more on his blog)

Even more dramatic photos from this blog in Sucre's newspaper Correo del Sur.

Bolivia clashes leave three dead
BBC News Sun, 25 Nov 2007 6:31 PM PST
Violent clashes leave three dead in Bolivia where a constituent assembly has approved a draft constitution.

Riots erupt in Bolivia
Deseret Morning News Mon, 26 Nov 2007 0:00 AM PST
A demonstrator protects himself with a shield taken from riot police Sunday as riots convulsed Bolivia's colonial capital of Sucre. The clashes erupted after allies of President Evo Morales approved the framework for a new constitution that would permit his indefinite re-election. At least two people were killed.



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On November 24, 2007, the governing political party, MAS, approved Bolivia's new Constitution (in general). That means that the incomplete text was partly read and unanimously approved by the around 140 MAS supporters in the assembly. Members of the opposition were not present. The session was carried out in the military academy know as La Glorieta.

While MAS was approving its Constitution, outside the citizens of Sucre were engaged in a bloody confrontation with police forces and more MAS supporters. The result of this confrontation was one 39 year old dead lawyer and countless of demonstrators wounded.

FYI, here are links where you can get more info.

Dramatic photos in Yahoo News.

Bolivian troops, students clash; 1 dead
AP via Yahoo! News Sat, 24 Nov 2007 6:04 PM PST
Soldiers clashed with students protesting Bolivia's constitutional assembly on Saturday, leaving one student dead in a second day of unrest against the pending legal overhaul.


Amid deadly turmoil, Bolivia approves new draft constitution
AFP via Yahoo! News Sat, 24 Nov 2007 7:08 PM PST
A pro-government majority of Bolivia's constituent assembly approved a new draft constitution for the Andean nation Saturday, with the opposition boycotting and violent protests on the streets.

Bolivia approves constitutional draft amid clashes
Reuters via Yahoo! News Sat, 24 Nov 2007 6:35 PM PST
The assembly charged with rewriting Bolivia's constitution produced a new constitutional draft on Saturday amid violent street protests in which at least one person was killed.

Police, protesters clash over Bolivia's capital
Reuters via Yahoo! News Sat, 24 Nov 2007 2:30 PM PST
Protesters armed with clubs and stones clashed with police in southern Bolivia on Saturday in demonstrations demanding the full relocation of the country's government to Sucre from La Paz.

Bolivia approves constitutional draft amid clashes
AlertNet Sat, 24 Nov 2007 6:42 PM PST
Source: Reuters (Updates throughout) By David Mercado SUCRE, Bolivia, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The assembly charged with rewriting Bolivia's constitution produced a new constitutional draft on Saturday amid violent ...

Police, protesters clash over Bolivia's capital
AlertNet Sat, 24 Nov 2007 2:27 PM PST
Source: Reuters SUCRE, Bolivia, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Protesters armed with clubs and stones clashed with police in southern Bolivia on Saturday in demonstrations demanding the full relocation of the country's ...

Below, for those of you who can read Spanish, the links to info which goes into more detail. First, accounts by people in Sucre:

Here are photos.

Here, someone tells what is happening.

Here you'll find Bolivian newspapers with images and articles:

La Razon
El diario
Los Tiempos
El Deber
El Correo de Sucre


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