Judges in Bolivia to decide replacement for Santa Cruz governor

Los Angeles, Feb. 16 — The Santa Cruz, Bolivia Third Chamber of Criminal Cases will decide this Thursday whether to proceed with enforcement actions filed by members of the Santa Cruz Assembly seeking a regulatory replacement for Gov. Luis Fernando Camacho, who was previously imprisoned under charge of terrorism.

The hearing will be in response to a demand from Movement for Socialism (MAS) lawmakers who are demanding that a court determine whether Lieutenant Governor Mario Aguilera is taking over Camacho’s functions.

Camacho is currently facing a four-month preventive detention as part of the Coup d’état I investigation, where he is accused of terrorism and seduction of the troops, as well as being the main organizer of the violent riots that forced the resignation of former President Evo Morales on November 10, 2019, and paved access to the head of state in the de facto government of Jeanine Agnes.

As part of this plot, through his father, José Luis Camacho, “linked” protection and ultimate support for those who broke the constitutional order with military and police commanders, according to his own confessions in a nationally televised video broadcast.

However, despite this evidence and the difficulties of immobility and inefficiency faced by the Department of Santa Cruz, exacerbated by the dengue epidemic, due to the absence of his supreme executive power, Camacho’s supporters insist that he remain in office despite his imprisonment.

For its part, ABI reports that in Santa Cruz, five indigenous peoples began recalling assembly members who ignored their peoples’ mandates and tended to support the Creemos bench, Governor Luis Fernando Camacho, and changes are now taking shape. The balance of power in the Legislative Assembly of the Department of Santa Cruz, Sidoba native Ignacio Parapaino and lawyer Henry Ceballos agreed. Given the actual change in the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly of the Department (ALD), currently controlled by Creemos with the support of local representation, the election of members of the Board of Directors was postponed by almost three months and confirmed as President Zvonko Matkovik.

A similar process is scheduled for May 3 for the Guarani people. “So we will consistently execute,” the leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia (Sidob) anticipated.

The support of the Indigenous Bench is central to the takeover of the deliberative body. Camacho’s party, imprisoned in Chonchokoro in the Coup 1 case, still controls the ALD and, thanks to early elections, has guaranteed itself another year.

According to the regulations, the new board of directors should be elected in May, and not in February, as it was before the possible change in the balance of power.

Ayoreo, Guarani, Guarayo, Chiquitano, and Yuracare Mogenho indigenous peoples are represented in the ALD.

Ceballos denounced that Cortés Soria was acting along with the rest of the indigenous assembly to avoid his recall, for which he demanded that he be prosecuted for violent acts during the recall process for purposes of use and custom.

“They failed to cope with their cities, they sold themselves to the patronage of Camacho,” the lawyer condemned.

Last weekend without MAS participation, Creemos and its allies elected the board three months ahead of schedule.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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