In Bolivia, a week of violent political turmoil has come to an end with an agreement to form a compromise government.
In Bolivia, a week of violent political turmoil has come to an end with an agreement to form a compromise government. Colonel Alberto Natusch, who led a coup on November the first, has agreed to a ruling triumvirate made up of the armed forces, organised labour and the Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: The compromise has calmed tensions in La Paz. Colonel Natusch lifted martial law on Wednesday (7 November), and announced an amnesty for political prisoners.
But some people have decided to flee. While the powerful Central Labour Organisation has decided to call off its national strike, it has not yet pledged its loyalty to the triumvirate. The Army, though, has declared its backing for the new government. It had initially split on the question of support for the Colonel's coup.
Colonel Natusch began negotiations with the country's labour organisations and politicians after military attempts to quell civilian protests had failed. Under the new triumvirate, he will remain the country's President, and has declared his intention to return the country to democracy. He has said elections will be held in August and the winners will receive his support in a civilian government. Foreign tourists have been given armed escorts for their drive to the La Paz airport.