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June 30, 2008

Savina Cuellar is Elected Prefect in Sucre

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On Sunday, June 29, 2008, the department of Sucre (Chuquisaca) elected, once again, its head of government (Prefect). Savina Cuellar, the candidate backed by the civic organizations in Sucre city and running under the party Alianza Comite Interinstitucional - Movimiento Popular Ciudadano (ACI-MPC) , which roughly translates to Inter-institutional Alliance Committee - Popular Citizen Movement, won the elections. She got 55 % of the vote while her opponent, Walter Valda (MAS), got 45 % of the vote. This places Sucre squarely in the opposition camp. However, it is necessary to highlight that Cuellar won in the urban areas, and the MAS candidate won in the rural areas. Nevertheless, this is a loss for the central government.

More results can be seen here.

Savina Cuellar's goals are to bring back the seat of government to Sucre and to further autonomy for Sucre.

What an agenda!

3 comments:

Boim Lebon said...

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miguel said...

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Anonymous said...

“Bolivia Divided”
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia—Bolivian president Evo Morales and his leftist Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party are heading toward an August electoral showdown with right-wing opponents who have stalled the government’s reform programs with a campaign for regional autonomy in the nation’s more prosperous eastern lowlands.
Over the past three months, four of Bolivia’s nine regional departments have passed “Autonomy Statutes,” which Morales and his supporters have called illegal and separatist. On June 29, residents of the department of Chuquisaca delivered another challenge to Morales, electing right-wing candidate Savina Cuéllar, a Quechua Indian and former peasant farmer, to serve as the department’s prefect (governor).
Yet there is a wild card looming over the political landscape: On Aug. 10, Morales and all of the prefects except Cuéllar will be put to a recall referendum. Voters will choose both whether they want Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, to continue at the helm and whether they want their department’s prefect to continue to serve as well. MAS hopes that the recall referendum will not only reaffirm its mandate to carry out land reform, assert national sovereignty over natural resources, and redistribute wealth, but also remove a few of the prefects that have been its staunchest opponents.
To view the rest of this article, see http://www.indypendent.org/2008/07/20/bolivia-divided/