In Bolivia, the Senate leader, Walter Guevara, has been sworn in as the country's Interim President -- the first step back to democracy after fifteen years of military rule.
In Bolivia, the Senate leader, Walter Guevara, has been sworn in as the country's Interim President -- the first step back to democracy after fifteen years of military rule. Senor Guevara will hold office for one year, and during that time a fully-fledged civilian administration is expected to be elected.
SYNOPSIS: Bolivia's Congress in La Paz was the scene of a marathon session on Sunday and Monday (5 - ??? August), as its members tried in vain to break the deadlock between the two main presidential candidates. Also taking part in the debate was General David Padilla -- former head of the military government.
Two main presidential candidates emerged after last month's national elections -- one left-??? and the other centrist majority and it was left to the hundred and forty-four Deputies and Senators to choose an Interim President. But a continuous session lasting two days looked as if deadlock had been reached until a third name was put forward: that of Walter Guevara. The sixty-seven-year-old former Foreign Minister now has the task of forming a new Cabinet. But he will not be tied to any political party during his year in office. Senor Guevara proved a popular choice and after two days of heated debate, Deputies and Senators rose to applaud him.
Senor Guevara takes over at a critical moment for the Bolivian economy. Production of tin -- the country's main export has been falling steadily in recent years.