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Bolivia’s Constitutional Court Says Evo Morales Cannot Hold Another Reelection Referendum

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 22, 2016, 3:48 pm
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Evo Morales will not be running for President again, court officials say. (Univisión)

EspañolBolivia’s courts have ruled out another referendum attempt that could have kept President Evo Morales in office for another term.

“You can not raise a new consultation, a new process with the same content on something that has already been decided on by the Constitutional Court, whether or not it has been submitted to a referendum,” Judge Ruddy Flores said.

The Catholic Church of Bolivia asked the ruling party Movement to Socialism (MAS) to respect the results of the referendum and the citizens who decided to vote against a reelection.

 

“It is not a matter of right, left or center parties, it is a question of knowing and remembering that on February 21 of this year the Bolivian people spoke and their word should be respected,” Secretary General of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference Monsignor Aurelio Pesoa said at a press conference.

The Bolivian opposition threatened to mobilize if Evo Morales did not respect the outcome of the referendum.

The ruling party refused to accept the result of the referendum on the grounds that there was a “dirty war campaign” and accusations that the president had an alleged son with a company representative of China CAMC, which has large state contracts.

Sources: El Deber; Notiamérica

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Chilean Prosecutor Launches Probe into Bachelet’s Campaign Finances

By: Karina Martín - Dec 22, 2016, 2:05 pm
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EspañolThe Regional Prosecutor of Valparaíso Pablo Gómez — who is in charge of investigating possible tax fraud by Soquimich — requested information regarding President Bachelet's election campaign expenses. The request was made by Gómez on September 15 before the Electoral Service in regards to alleged irregular contributions to Bachelet's presidential campaign in 2013. The request, which was kept secret for three months, requested the "list of the electoral expenses paid or received or contributions received and declared by the President of the Republic Michelle Bachelet Jeria in the process of elections in 2013," according to local media. Gómez also requested a copy of voter turnout accounts in that process and resolutions issued by the service that validated them. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Officials also requested all information related to the amounts and means of payment of refunds, if any, and any eventual endorsements that may exist. The investigation has reportedly not yet reached the president's campaign period. At the moment, only the pre-campaign period is known. It was determined that Giorgio Martelli received resources from SQM. Read More: Colombia Peace Deal Failing: Guerrilla Leader Says FARC Won’t Give up Weapons Read More: The Economist Calls Colombia Country of the Year in Wake of Peace Deal Prosecutor Carlos Gajardo said asked Martelli last November 7 for the bills that Ripley paid to a provider of Bachelet's campaign — the consulting company Credo, which is owned by Diego Perry, the stepson of an ex-advisor to the president. "I can indeed deduce that this operation could have had to do with funding for Michelle Bachelet's presidential campaign," Martelli said. Source: La Tercera; 24Horas; El Mostrador.

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