Bolivia's new cabinet was sworn in last Monday (19 November). The new President, Mrs. Lidia?
Bolivia's new cabinet was sworn in last Monday (19 November). The new President, Mrs. Lidia Gueiler, holds an interim mandate until next August, wen new elections are to produce a new president. Her 19-member cabinet is dominated by the Centrist Nationalist Movement (MNR), Bolivia's main parliamentary force.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gueiler announced her cabinet three days after Congress elected her as Bolivia's first woman President to end the crisis sparked by a military coup on November 1. Faced with strong opposition, the coup leaders allowed Congress to take the initiative. The Democratic Popular Unity (UDP) coalition led by former President Hernan Siles Suazo and another leftist party refused to join Mrs. Guilder's cabinet. They said would not cooperate with anti-democratic groups. But two dissident members of one of the UDP parties, the leftist Nationalist Revolutionary Movement (MNRI) joined the cabinet.
Mrs. Gueiler's cabinet also comprises other leftist elements. A dissident faction of the Nationalist Revolutionary Party (PRIN), the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) and the Maoist Marxist-Leninist Communist Party are also represented. Mrs. Gueiler was elected by a unanimous vote of the National Congress, and soon after that she told a wildly cheering crowd that the coups had ended in Bolivia. The country has suffered over 200 coups in its 154 years of independence. Mrs. Gueiler paraphrased her political programme as no more repression, no more vengeance. She said the country must now march towards a shining future.
After the military leaders of Bolivia stepped aside, the new president was also left with the task of tackling the economic situation, which deteriorated during the political crisis.