Former President Carlos Mesa ratified yesterday that he will not support the liability case against former President Jeanine Áñez, as it means admitting that there was a “coup d’état” in November 2019 and accepting that “we support this action are jointly responsible “.
In time to clarify that Áñez’s leadership was legal and constitutional, Mesa condemned prosecutors for trapping the legal bases of the allegation to determine that the ex-president’s government was the result of a “coup”.
“Prosecutor Juan Lanchipa says in a specific part that on November 15 and 19, 2019, Ms. Jeanine Áñez exercised the functions of President – here comes the important thing – that were self-appointed in a parliamentary session of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly without quorum and without Compliance with the legal formalities held, ”said Mesa.
In other words, for the Central Committee leader, the public prosecutor regards Áñez as the de facto president who carried out a “coup d’état”. And all of this gathering of the liability case has the sole aim of “washing Evo Morales’ actions in relation to the fraud allegations and his escape from Bolivia in 2019,” Mesa said.
Mesa also declined to retrial the liability suit brought against him in the Quiborax case, which forced the state to pay a $ 42 million fine to a Chilean company. He said he has no responsibility and regards this process as “pressure” to approve the trial of Áñez and to favor the government.
“You will prosecute me for nationalizing the Uyuni salt flats and driving a pirate and illegal company out of Bolivia,” said the former president.
Mesa recalled that the Morales administration rejected an initial agreement to compensate the signing with $ 3 million, then came a lawsuit demanding $ 27 million, and finally the then government agreed to pay plaintiffs $ 42.6 million .
For this reason, the former president referred to the former lawyers Héctor Arce Zaconeta and Pablo Menacho, the former mining minister César Navarro and the then economics minister and current president Luis Arce.
He assured that he had filed several “charges” against the former officials at the time, who were denied “because the public ministry is in the service of the government” of the Movement for Socialism (MAS).
Mamani denies pressure
Chamber of Deputies President Freddy Mamani denied yesterday that there was any form of persecution or extortion in the detention trial that begins against Mesa.
“Congratulations to the Mixed Commission, which has resumed its work and is fitting in accordingly. There is no persecution or blackmail here, we have to make that clear to the Bolivian people, ”said Mamani.
He recalled that the Quiborax case, in which the chairman of the Civic Community (CC) is involved and for which he could be prosecuted, dates back to 2004, when during his reign the concessions with the Chilean mining company Non Metallic Minerals SA canceled, resulting in a loss of more than $ 42.6 million for Bolivia.
In the Quiborax case, former President Morales signed an amnesty decree benefiting Carlos Mesa and former President Jorge Quiroga; however, MAS is now pretending to ignore these regulations.
Romero doubts Áñez’s trial
Carlos Romero, former Evo Morales government minister, assured that Jeanine Áñez should be assessed the normal way as there are no guarantees that the accountability assessment can be approved.
He added that he disagreed with filing a liability lawsuit against Áñez. She believes this is tantamount to the MAS, which recognizes that the former president’s government was an interim government and not unconstitutional. In an interview with a television station, he recalled that the MAS does not have a two-thirds majority in the congregation and the dynamics to get support are complex.
You send a CC deputy to the ethics committee
Citizen Community (CC) MEP Samantha Nogales described the ethics committee proceedings as an act of “cowardice and abuse” and denounced political harassment committed by Chamber of Deputies President Freddy Mamani.
The complaint against the opposition legislature can be traced back to the fact that in the past few days she denounced an alleged attempt at bribery by the Movement for Socialism (MAS) to vote in favor of the liability process against ex-President Jeanine Áñez.
“The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Freddy Mamani, threatens to send me to the Ethics Committee, in an act of cowardice and abuse he repeats the attitude he has in the Chamber, where he has silenced more than once I, not just me but other women MPs and he was furious when I told him I was just as MPs as him, “he said.
Meanwhile, Mamani assured that “Samantha Nogales, a member of the civic community, denounced that the MAS tried to bribe her ethics committee,” he said.
With that in mind, he pointed out that in the absence of evidence, it was decided that the MAS bank would file a defamation lawsuit against Nogales with the ethics committee of that legislature.
The legislature asked Mamani to initiate proceedings and asked him to provide the “real reason” of the complaint to the ethics committee. “(Freddy Mamani) says he’s not admitting that a young MP has dared to uncover the dark and dark ways to get her plans and whims through,” he said.
Mamani defended his position: “We as a government, as an elected authority, with responsibility to the Bolivian people, will not allow an inch of progress on corruption issues: as soon as we establish we will with the full weight of the law. That is why the comrade was waited for, he does not just go into the media without presenting evidence or presenting the complaint accordingly.
The CC-Bank denounced this week that at least four of its congregation members were the target of attempted bribes.