BOLIVIA CANNOT HAVE DEMOCRACY WITH DICTATORSHIP’S LAWS AND JUDGES

BOLIVIA CANNOT HAVE DEMOCRACY WITH DICTATORSHIP’S LAWS AND JUDGES

Interim President Jeanine Añez has given definitive proof that “in Bolivia, the dictator fell but not the dictatorship” with her decision to be a presidential candidate in the next elections. Evo Morales’ and his accomplices’ main crime to destroy democracy and the Republic of Bolivia, is the counterfeiting of a new legal system imposing a new constitution through which the President can be reelected continuously. We, Bolivians, are paying with blood, political persecution, imprisonment and exile the defense of democracy and the Republic of Bolivia since 2003 and with civil resistance to the imposition of the Plurinational State’s constitution with which they build the dictatorship. When the Interim President announces her presidential candidacy, she gives Bolivia and the whole world, definitive proof of the existence of the Castrochavist dictatorship in Bolivia. The transition from dictatorship to democracy cannot be accomplished with the dictatorship’s laws and judges.  The interim government, as part of its historic and political obligation to conduct FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS should have pointed the way and advance as much as possible  in the replacement, the return to the previous legal system in existence prior to the disappearance of the rule of law because that is what constitutes the return to democracy.

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BOLIVIA CANNOT HAVE DEMOCRACY WITH DICTATORSHIP’S LAWS AND JUDGES

Carlos Sánchez Berzain*

Interim President Jeanine Añez has given definitive proof that “in Bolivia, the dictator fell but not the dictatorship” with her decision to be a presidential candidate in the next elections.  The head of the interim government, established for there to be free and fair elections, is now a presidential candidate in those elections based on Evo Morales’ laws with which he had converted a presidential mandate of five years without the right to be continuously reelected, into almost 14 years of dictatorship.  It is the dramatic ascertainment that Bolivia cannot have democracy with the dictatorship’s laws and judges.

Principal theme of “October’s Agenda” under the apparently correct but fallacious reasoning of “constituent assembly” as the result of the coup d’ etat of 17 October of 2003 and as the agenda for Castrochavism’s dictatorships, Evo Morales’ and his accomplices’ main crime to destroy democracy and the Republic of Bolivia, is the counterfeiting of a new legal system imposing a new constitution through which the President can be reelected continuously.  Thus, was the Republic of Bolivia’s constitutional mandate that specifically prohibited the continuous reelection of a President, or the extension of his term, supplanted.      

Details of the counterfeiting and the crimes committed to eliminate the Republic of Bolivia and of the imposition of a new Castrochavist legal system, with which they established the dictatorship in Bolivia, are shown in the books “21st Century Dictatorship in Bolivia” and “Bolivia, the Homeland is Captive” and are summarized in the article “Bolivia: The Plurinational State’s Constitution is Null” all available on-line.

We, Bolivians, are paying with blood, political persecution, imprisonment and exile the defense of democracy and the Republic of Bolivia since 2003 and with civil resistance to the imposition of the Plurinational State’s constitution with which they build the dictatorship.  In order to impose the dictatorial legal system, Evo Morales and his regime committed the massacres at El Porvenir in Pando, at the Las Americas Hotel in Santa Cruz, at the city of Cochabamba, at La Calancha in Sucre, and many more, with dozens of dead, hundreds of political prisoners, persecuted and exiled.  The misuse of the judicial as an instrument for Castrochavist repression and for political and social control was made self-evident. With the new constitution, they supplanted the entire Judicial Branch with the regime’s Prosecutors and Judges by only relabeling the name of their functions, democracy’s Prosecutors, Magistrates, and Judges were removed.

After his first continuous reelection in 2009, Evo Morales again ran as a presidential candidate in 2014, something that his own constitution prohibited, but he was enabled to do so by his subservient “Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal” that corrupted the course of justice with the ridiculous argument that “the 2005 election did not count because the Republic of Bolivia in which that election was held, had disappeared and hence 2009’s election was his first in the Plurinational State”??  For 2020’s election, using the same Tribunal, Morales obtained a ruling indicating that “his indefinite candidacy was his human right…”??

This prevaricating Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal, subservient instrument of the dictatorship that enforces a null and void constitution that was imposed through multiple crime, massacres, persecutions, extortion, and exile is the same one that still remains functioning.  It is the one that ruled to keep and extend the existence of the National Assembly with two-thirds of its membership under the control of the dictator.    This is the tribunal that ignored the people’s mandate from the 21 February of 2016 (21F) referendum in which BOLIVIA SAID NO.  The dictatorship is obviously in existence in Bolivia.

When the Interim President announces her presidential candidacy, she gives Bolivia and the whole world, definitive proof of the existence of the Castrochavist dictatorship in Bolivia.   She is using, for her benefit, the dictatorial system, the same rules albeit counterfeited, yet still in-force, the same despicable law that Evo Morales used to perpetuate himself in power until the Bolivian people through civil resistance -not the political parties or political leadership functional to the regime- were able to get the dictator’s resignation.

The transition from dictatorship to democracy cannot be accomplished with the dictatorship’s laws and judges.  The interim government, as part of its historic and political obligation to conduct FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS should have pointed the way and advance as much as possible  in the replacement, the return to the previous legal system in existence prior to the disappearance of the rule of law because that is what constitutes the return to democracy.

*Attorney & Political Scientist.   Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.

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