Sectors related to the former president of Bolivia Evo Morales (2006-2019) maintain this Monday 25 lock pointsafter eight days of protests, and They demand the resignation of the magistrates and advisors of high courts of the country that They extended their mandate.
Most of the locks (22) are in the central region of Cochabambamainly in the towns of Sacaba, Quillacollo and the tropical zone of that department, the Vice Minister of the Interior Regime, Jhonny Aguilera, reported in a press conference.
Evo Morales holds coca leaves during an event to commemorate National Acullico Day. Photo: EFE/file
Cochabamba is the region where the main roads of the country are articulated that unite the west with the east and is also Morales' main political stronghold.
Vice Minister Aguilera explained that in the protests 32 police officers were injured and 21 protesters were arrested.
Evo's candidacy, the underlying question
The annoyance of the former president's followers is also because the Constitutional Court issued a ruling at the end of last year stating that indefinite reelection “is not a human right” and that it is only possible for a continuous or discontinuous “one time”.
This affects Evo Morales' presidential candidacy in 2025 since he governed Bolivia on three occasions (2006-2009, 2010-2014 y 2015-2019).
Aguilera reiterated that the road blockade is due to “personal electoral interests (of Morales) that They seek to reverse judicial and constitutional decisions that have been provided in the past.
This Sunday, the former president denounced that the Government of Luis Arce seeks “absolute control” of Justice to “cover up” the alleged irregularities in the lithium projects, something that the Executive denied and considered a “last minute” argument by Morales to attract support.
Evo Morales denounced that Luis Arce's government seeks “absolute control” of Justice. Photo: Aizar Raldes / AFP
This Monday, the heavy transport pilots gathered in the town of Vinto, neighboring Cochabamba, and They started a march to that city to ask for a solution to the conflict.
Roadblocks caused the increase in the costs of some products and the shortage of others, in addition to fuel shortages.
The Government points to Morales as the main person responsible for the strike, although the leader of the ruling Movement towards Socialism (MAS) said that from the beginning he was against the blockades and that his followers do them “spontaneously.”
For this Monday, in La Paz, Vice President David Choquehuanca He summoned the legislators of the ruling party and the opposition to dialogue to find a solution and launch a new call for judicial elections.
In December of last year, the judges of the Constitutional They expanded their mandate, that of the magistrates and advisors of the main courts to avoid a “power vacuum” until a new judicial election is held.
The preselection process for the elections in 2023 was paralyzed on two occasions due to measures ordered by constitutional chambers.
The 2009 Constitution establishes that judicial elections by popular vote They must be held every six years, with the prior selection of applicants made by the Legislature.