Carlos Mesa, the chairman of the Comunidad Ciudadana, called the legislators of the MAS a “villain” for reactivating a liability suit against them in the Quiborax case. He assured them that they would not be able to bow their consciences with this process.
Meanwhile, the Central Committee MP Carlos Alarcón said that the MAS wanted to use this action to exert pressure to get two thirds of the vote and to judge the responsibility against the former President Jeanine Áñez. He assured that this does not change the position that the processes should be for everyone.
The Legislative Assembly’s Joint Judicial Commission also approved the reports on liability proceedings against former President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada in the Fondesif case and against former Government Minister Alfredo Rada in the Calancha case.
The complaint that the MAS would put pressure on the community to get two-thirds in the assembly in the Quiborax process would be another strategy of the ruling party to bring Áñez to justice.
Another MAS plan, also denounced by the CC, is an alleged attempt to bribe four of its members to vote for the trial of the former president.
In order to reach two thirds, the MAS needs 15 votes, either from the Central Committee or from the Creemos group, which is also represented in parliament.
Another option that the MAS administers is for the opposition lawmakers not to attend the assembly and for the ruling party to enforce its majority.
The “contacted” opponents would not take part in the meeting in which the charge is defined, so that the ruling party can get its votes among the members of the assembly present in the hall.
According to the ordinance, 85 members – 19 senators and 66 members – are required for a meeting to have a quorum. Now the MAS has 75 MPs and 21 senators, which would allow it to approve the responsibility judgment against Jeanine Áñez if only the official legislators were present at the meeting, according to an analysis by El Deber.
In the last legislative period, the MAS changed the regulations of both legislative chambers at the last minute. With this step it is now possible to change the agenda of a session of the legislative assembly only with an absolute majority of half plus one instead of the previously required two thirds. This implies that the debate about the assessment of responsibilities can be included at any time.
In the Senate, it would take 19 votes to change the agenda and the MAS has 21 Senators, while Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) has 11 and Creemos have four. Together, these two alliances achieve 15 votes. In the case of the Chamber of Deputies, 66 votes would be required and the MAS would have 75; CC, 39, and Creemos, 16. Both opposition forces get 55 votes.
Trial against CC leaders reactivated
Carlos Mesa was investigated at the request of the Attorney General after the World Bank Arbitration Court ordered Bolivia to indemnify Chile’s Quiborax for the cancellation of its ulexite mining concessions in the Uyuni Salt Flats.
In June 2018, based on the ruling by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the government paid $ 42.6 million in compensation that took into account a mesa rule that decided to cancel the concessions in the saar.
The then lawyer Pablo Menacho and his predecessors are responsible for the defeat of the former president.