The Minister of Justice and Institutional Transparency, Iván Lima, said Thursday that the issue of indefinite re-election will be resolved with the 2020 parliamentary elections and that the ruling by the Inter-American Court of Justice does not constitute an imposition for the country.

“As far as unlimited re-election is concerned, this problem was already resolved in Bolivia when the elections were called in October 2020,” Lima said in a press release from the Ministry of Justice.

Lima added that the opinions of the Inter-American Court of Justice are “abstract in nature and of general application” and that “they do not set a deadline or express imposition for the country”.

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The minister stated that the plurinational constitutional court should analyze the decision of the Inter-American Court of Justice.

For his part, prosecutor Wilfredo Chávez agreed in contact with Radio Panamericana Lima, noting that “it is a regulated matter. It does not have much of an impact on the country as elected authorities have not been given due to this situation.

Chavez added that “with Luis Arce’s presidency we are in a fully democratic scenario.”

This afternoon it became known that the Inter-American Court of Justice ruled that “indefinite re-election of the president is not an autonomous right protected by the American Convention or the ‘Corpus iuris’ of international human rights law”.

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The referendum on February 21, 2016, known as 21F, determined that Article 168 of the Political Constitution of the State (CPE) should not be changed.

However, the plurinational Constitutional Court interpreted in judgment 0084/2017 that unlimited re-election is a right of the authorities. With his judgment, he advocated the re-registration of Morales and Álvaro García Linera for a fourth term.

Despite the marches and protests, Morales and García Linera ran in the 2019 elections, which were canceled after social conflict.

In 2020, the MAS selected Luis Arce Catacora and David Choquehuanca as presidential candidates.


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