Wednesday, February 27, 2008

CPE Update

Doesn't Óscar Ortiz just exude "man of the people"?

Bolivia's conservative opposition has now decided that Bolivians shouldn't even get a chance to vote up or down on the new constitution, opting instead to use their thin majority in the Senate (lead by Senate President Óscar Ortiz of PODEMOS above) to block passage of a national referendum through Congress in La Paz. Regional "Autonomy Statutes" approved by unelected "Provisional Autonomy Assemblies" on the other hand are just fine for the unwashed masses to put their stamp of approval on. As with previous Land Reform and Pension legislation, I predict none of this grand standing by the Right will go beyond a march on La Paz, yet again.

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