Opponents who went to the US could expect tough sanctions

Members of the Citizen Community (CC) Assembly and Alliance We believe they have traveled to the United States to lodge complaints of human rights violations with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, potentially subject to sanctions by the temporary separation of the chambers from six to twelve months until the loss of a mandate.

Chamber of Deputies President Freddy Mamani said at the time that the nine MPs who moved to the United States had failed to comply with Article 25 of the House Debate Rules and Article 5 of the Code of Ethics, making the provisions of Article 7 of the Code of Ethics a very serious offense correspond.

The most serious offenses include “the unjustified cessation of office for more than six (6) consecutive working days or eleven (11) uninterrupted days per year, as set out in Article 157 of the Political Constitution of the State and the General Ordinances”. the Chamber of Deputies ”.

“It is clear that they neglected the public function for which they were elected and harmed the legislative work,” said Mamani, arguing that lawmakers should have required approval for this trip.

According to Article 7 of the Ethics Ordinance, “the proxy or proxy who commits the most serious offenses (…) will be sanctioned or sanctioned with the definitive separation of the Chamber of Deputies and the Plurinational Legislative Assembly. This sanction implies the loss of the mandate ”.

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Likewise, the sanction could be imposed “with the temporary separation of the Chamber of Deputies and the Plurinational Legislative Assembly for a period of six (6) to twelve (12) months without entitlement to remuneration”.

The head of the Believe in Deputies Bank, Erwin Bazán, questioned the President of the Chamber of Deputies, claiming he was lying when he said that “they should have applied to go to the United States”.

He said that they were not on behalf of the state, “we do not have to ask permission from them or the directive, which is not provided in the ordinances or the constitution,” that they have paid their expenses and “there are none.” Damage that we would have caused because the Chamber’s rules of procedure stipulate that our deputies must attend at least a third of the meetings and that they are authorized ”.

“That is why this complaint is a political persecution because we denounced the MAS,” he said.

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This theme was carried over to the corridors of the assembly, where the ruling party questioned the opposition trip, saying it had damaged the image of the government and the country; meanwhile, opponents claim that it was a trip to denounce the MAS ruler’s abuses and that it was a political vengeance since they traveled during the period when their proxies were authorized and therefore had no impact gave up on work.

A form of intimidation

Political scientist Patricia Velasco points out that this lawsuit, which comes from a social organization Csutcb, which is affiliated with the MAS, aims to intimidate opposition lawmakers who are questioning the regime. “They are trying to send the message in the sense that the opponents better tone down, because otherwise they can very easily be sent to an ethics committee,” he said.

The members of the opposition assembly facing the process are Andrés Ribera Salas, Walthy Egüez Paz, Ericka Chávez Aguilera, María René Álvarez Camacho, Mariel Marín Morales and Erwin Bazán Gutiérrez from Creemos. Meanwhile, the legislators of the CC are Luisa Nayar Sosa, Erick Pedrazas and Enrique Fernando Urquidi Daza.

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