Saturday, December 08, 2007

Party in Oruro!

Thank god they decided to move the CA to Oruro. For me, it seemed like the natural choice. Cochabamba would be symbolic as the site of the Water War and start of the popular mobilizations leading to the CA, but today it is a very divided city, as the deadly events of January 11th attest and the presence of fascist groups like "Youth for Democracy" would certainly endanger the CA. Additionally other sites, La Paz and the Chapare are bastions of MAS supporters, would intimidate the Right and create another excuse for them to cry foul. Oruro does not have a recent history of militant mobilizations for any side, or any social sector for that matter, and I believe it can act as neutral space- although watch as the Right does what it can to divide the populace of this city as well and block the completion of the CA. I expect a number delegates from PODEMOS to boycott no matter what guarantees are made. Well hopefully the CA will come to its fulfillment in this rich gem of Bolivian cultural patrimony, Oruro!


La Paz, Dec 08 (ABI).- The new Bolivian Political Constitution will be approved in detail and through a revision in the Centre of International Conventions of Oruro’s Technical University, from 18.00 afternoon on Saturday, according to a confirmation given by Assembly’s board.

In that way it has been put aside all kind of speculations that were given by some media in last days, as such national as international ones, information that was taken extra officially from the board of directors.

"Constituent Assembly’s board summons whole constituent members to continue with Constituent Assembly’s plenary session on 8 Saturday December of 2007, at 18.00 p.m. at the Centre of Conventions of Oruro’s Technical University (UTO)", according to a communicate that was known at 00.45 a.m.

The program points out the following points: first, assistance control; then the approbation and revision of the new Bolivian Political Constitution; and finally, other issues.

Although, the decision was assumed by the majority of Constituent Assembly’s board at 18.00 on Friday, the fourth Vice President of the forum, Angel Villacorta asked the re-consideration of the summoning.

That debate was prolonged until mid night, moment when the board of directors’s majority ratified the resolution assumed before at 18.00, fact that caused opponent constituent member to leave the meeting.

Before that, afternoon Friday, Committee of Integration and Compatibilization concluded its work after two weeks of hard work that analyzed the new Constitutional text, which consists on 408 amendments.

Potosi’s Assembly member, Victor Borda, said that once concluded his responsibility only lasts to begin the revision in detail of the new Carta Magna until 14 Friday December of 2007, as it was established by the law of conclave’s extension.

Borda explained that inside the miner regime, it was established temporary dispositions; so that its adaptation could be included in the new Constitutional text, as well as the modifications of form inside the Education, and others.

"Practically it was improved the new Constitutional text with its 408 amendments. At the moment we could say that our mission was fulfilled and only remains its approval in detail as well as the place where it is going to take place. But that is an initiative of Constituent Assembly", the authority assured it before knowing that they had decided for Oruro city.

For his part, constituent member Marco Antonio Carrillo manifested that it should not cause any surprise if the new Bolivian Political Constitution will be approved by two thirds from a total of 255 constituent members of the magno forum.

"While Assembly’s board and the Committee of Integration and Compatibilization were working, it has been developed a series of actions in different levels of decision and as a political force in order to consolidate the two thirds of the total of constituent members", assembly member manifested.

However, Carrillo said that if they do not get into an agreement, the amendments that were not agreed will be given to the repeal referendum. What is more, the results will be included in the new constitutional text and finally put under the consideration of Bolivian people through an uphold referendum.

For his part, assembly member Carlos Romero pointed out that once the plenary was installed; then, the 408 amendments will be read one by one in order to start a debate in five thematic blocks. That fact does not correspond to the discussion of each one, because all of them are related or joined in some way.

Romero explained that the five thematic blocks are: State’s models and policy system; the letter of rights; the functional and land structure from the public power, the model of economic social development model; and the hierarchy of norms and the proceeding of the Constitutional reform.

"Each political bench will have 15 minutes for presenting their points of views, as well as their suggestions with respect to the five thematic blocks and then it will be proceeded to the approval of each amendment; for finally conclude with the phase in detail", assembly member manifested.

Romero said that at the same time it will be approved in detail the amendments of the new Constitutional text; and at last, the Commission of Concordance and Style will have the mission of realizing the respective corrections in the phase of revision.

"With all mentioned, the work is finally finished. We are going o have a new Constitution approved by two thirds, and if some amendments do not reach 2/3, we will try to get into an agreement, but if everything remains, we are going to send it to the repeal referendum", he assured.

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