Bolivia

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Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
Thousands protest in El Alto, Bolivia, to demand elections on September
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Thousands of Bolivians, from different parts of the country marched this Tuesday in the municipality of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, against the postponement of the elections ordered last week by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Smaller mobilizations were carried out in other cities of the country.

"Elections now", "democracy, yes; dictatorship, no " and "outside Áñez ” were chanted by the protesters called by the Bolivian Workers Central and the Unity Pact, the coalition of unions affiliated to the Movement to Socialism (MAS), the party of former President Evo Morales.

The elections, initially scheduled for September 6, were postponed to October 20 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Bolivia's interim president tests positive for Covid-19
Jeanine Añez
Jeanine Añez Credit: Gobierno de Bolivia (Public Domain)

Jeanine Añez, Bolivia's interim president, tested positive for Covid-19. Several members of her cabinet also confirmed being infected.

On Twitter, Añez announced she had contracted the virus and that she would be quarantining: "I have tested positive for Covid19, I am fine, I will work from my isolation. Together, let's get ahead.".

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Bolivian orchestra finally going home after months in Germany
Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos
Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos Credit: OEIN (Reproduction)

Musicians of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos plan to go back to Bolivia after being stranded for about 80 days in the Rheinsberg Palace, a castle in Germany.

The orchestra had arrived in Germany on March 10 to perform at a music festival, but their three planned performances were cancelled in the days that followed, and as Bolivia's government announced it would close its borders, the orchestra scrambled to get home but failed.

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Bolivian health minister arrested for suspected corruption

The police arrested Bolivia's Health Minister Marcelo Navajas in La Paz due to the over-priced purchase of coronavirus ventilators.

Bolivia bought 179 ventilators from a manufacturer in Spain for $27,683 each, costing almost $5 million, a purchase funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, later transpired that the manufacturer was offering ventilators for around half that price - $10,312-$11,941.

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Bolivian Parliament approves law calling for elections in 90 days
Palacio Nacional de Congreso, La Paz
Palacio Nacional de Congreso, La Paz Credit: Marc Davis (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Bolivia's parliament approved a law Thursday night which establishes that the general elections must occur by August 2. The rerun of the October elections was to be held by May 3 but was postponed due to the mandatory quarantine.