LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) – The Bolivian government has called for Santa Cruz Governor Luis Fernando Camacho to be replaced, while his supporters say he will take office from his cell in the prison where he is serving four months of preventive detention. Huh. Terrorism charges.
“If the governor and lieutenant governor have left Santa Cruz without any instructions, fresh elections will be held in that department. The Electoral Tribunal will have the floor, but we haven’t taken a definition on the subject”, Justice Minister Ivan Lima said on Thursday. While protests with roadblocks continue into a second week.
Members of the Kremos party, of which Camacho is the leader, have closed ranks and determined he will remain in office from the maximum security prison of Chonchoro, southwest of La Paz.
From his cell, Camacho ordered the replacement of eight directors under Santa Cruz’s regime.
“The governor is in office, I could not take office,” said Maria Aguilera, lieutenant governor of Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia, a bastion of opposition to President Luis Arce’s government.
Lima replied, “This situation causes us deep concern, it is not possible that an authority that has to exercise administrative capacity to take care of the health, education, roads and other needs of that department, can do so remotely.” managing it.”
Camacho faces terrorism charges for the 2019 conflict, when a political and social crisis erupted after failed elections in which then-President Evo Morales sought a fourth consecutive term and which was rejected by the Organization of American States (OAS). ) had considered cheating. 37 people died in the conflict.
Camacho was arrested on December 28 and two days later was sent to jail for being a flight risk. Related to Camacho, they burned more than 20 institutions in Santa Cruz, including the prosecutor’s office.
Marches have taken place in Santa Cruz and eight other cities in recent days. In La Paz, police had to position themselves between groups for and against Camacho to avoid attacks. However, several journalists were attacked by a group critical of Camacho.