The Bolivian Parliament Has Issued A Law On Holding Presidential Elections Until August 3
Multinational Legislative Assembly (Bicameral Parliament) Bolivia rejected the comments of acting President Janine Agnes on the law on holding presidential elections before August 3 and decided to promulgate it. This was reported by the press service of the House of senators on Twitter.
"The President of the Multinational Legislative Assembly, Eva Kopa, has issued a law "on postponing the General elections of 2020", thereby setting a 90-day deadline for holding elections," the report says.
According to the newspaper Pagina Siete, an extraordinary session of the Parliament, convened to consider the comments of the acting President to the document approved by lawmakers, was held in the building of the Central Bank of Bolivia. The majority of members of both houses of Parliament present voted for the promulgation of the normative act.
Earlier, Agnes said that she would not sign the law on holding elections adopted by the Parliament until August 3. In her opinion, the organization of voting in these terms threatens the health of citizens due to the spread of coronavirus. The Supreme electoral court, which decided to suspend preparations for the May 3 elections due to the country's quarantine, proposed to hold the vote in the period from June 28 to September 27.
According to the Constitution of Bolivia, the President has the right to Express his comments on a normative act adopted by the legislature. The Parliament is obliged to consider them, and if it considers them justified, send the amended version of the law to the head of state for promulgation. If the absolute majority of deputies and senators present at the meeting vote to reject the comments, the President of the Parliament himself issues a law.
Presidential elections were held in Bolivia on October 20, 2019. According to the Supreme electoral court, Evo Morales, the current President, received the majority of votes. His main rival, Carlos Mesa, said that he did not recognize the victory of his opponent in the first round. After the announcement of the results of the will, opponents of Morales organized protests, and riots began in the country.
After three weeks of protests, Morales left office, describing the situation as a coup. The Second Vice-speaker of the House of Senators, Janine Agnes, representing the opposition, assumed the duties of the President until new elections were held.