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Bolivarian Parliament Frozen
29 Sep 2005
Bolivarian Parliament Frozen
La Paz, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) The freezing of parliamentarian debate on electoral crisis in Bolivia has caused predictions and fears of a postponement of the December 4 elections.

The plenary chamber decided to discuss the new distribution of deputies with up to date demographic criteria and the Constitutional Court pronounced on other resources against general and governor elections of December.

Legislators fear the court could rule in a way that crumbles the electoral and political transition process, which was difficult to agree upon by parties and regions.

This would result in intensification of social protests with serious consequences for democratic stability, warned politicians while main candidates ask to maintain the elections date and transition process.

Movement towards Socialism (MAS) candidate Alvaro Garcia Linera said worries were focused on December elections and previous coordination of deputy seats as a response to maneuvers of traditional politicians trying to stay in power.

According to Linera, with intervention from the US embassy and former neoliberal president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada´s Nationalist Revolutionary Movement, things could even reach a coup d' etát.

Parliamentarians and political analysts consider that the deputy chamber's wait plus uncertainty of parliamentarian debate make the elections´ postponement virtually inevitable.

Last week, MAS candidate Evo Morales condemned the anti-election maneuvers and said if those advanced, the neoliberal right wing would only delay its defeat, but not avoid it.

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