posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 01:35 AM
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa is resigning with mayhem (protests) in the streets, all over the price of gas. Like any country leader who is wishing
to save their hide, he is resigning from the position because it is "best for the people." The cause of the unrest in the streets was over the
increase in the price of fuel.
LIMA, March 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Embattled Bolivian President Carlos Mesa announced Sunday that he will submit his resignation to the National Congress
The decision to resign is for the consideration of the country and for the citizens of Bolivia, Mesa said in a nationally broadcast address.
In the address, Mesa accused various political and social organizations of "blocking" the country by organizing protests anddemonstrations,
according to reports from Bolivia.
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The previous president resigned about 2 years ago and has asylum in the US. The whole uproar during his time in office was over whether or not to
put a pipline through Chile, so that Pacific oil companies would have access to Bolivia's oil (they have a huge ammount of oil), and would be more
likely to buy it. The problem with that is that Chile is Bolivia's most hated enemy country, so people flipped and sent him running out of the
country. This time around, it's the price of oil in-country. To pacify the left wing politicians, Carlos had introduced a tax hike in gas prices,
and it didn't sit well with much of the country, hence the protests that endangered Carlo's term as president.
Overall, the reports on Carlos Mesa gives the idea that he was doing an outstanding job, just not enough to keep the passionate Bolivians from
literally fighting for their beliefs in how the country should be run. This isthe same country that had problems over water rights, of all things.
Unless drastic changes are made, or a miracle happens, this country will collapse soon....just as when the general civil unrest kept Carlos'
predecessor from even living in Bolivia as a child.
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