Bolivia Signs Contract with India to Acquire AstraZeneka Vaccine

LA PAZ, Jan 14 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — Bolivia Wednesday signed a contract with India’s Serum Institute to purchase five million doses of AstraZeneka vaccine to combat Covid-19, according to President Luis Arce.

The President stated that with the previous purchase of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and now with the AstraZeneca vaccine, the entire population of the country will be able to be immunised.

Bolivia resumes participation in regional intergovernmental bodies

LA PAZ, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia has resumed its full participation in regional intergovernmental bodies including the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the Union of South American Nations.

The Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Relations said in a statement on Friday that the previous decisions made by Bolivia's interim government "to suspend Bolivia's participation in the aforementioned integration spaces responded to purely political interests."

Bolivia resumes diplomatic ties with Iran, Venezuela

LA PAZ, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Bolivian government of President Luis Arce resumed diplomatic relations with Iran and Venezuela, Bolivia's Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Both Iran and Venezuela have immediately appointed their ambassadors to Bolivia, a year after Bolivia's opposition-backed interim government, led by Jeanine Anez, broke off relations with them.

The Ambassadors of Iran, Morteza Tafreshi, and Venezuela, Alexander Yanez, presented their credentials to Arce on Wednesday morning.

Luis Arce sworn in as Bolivia's new president

LA PAZ, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Luis Arce, winner of the Oct. 18 general elections in Bolivia, took office on Sunday as the new president of the South American country for the next five years.

"I stand before you with great excitement, but also a deep sense of responsibility for the promises made during the political campaign and my commitment to fulfill each one of them," Arce, 57, said in his first speech as head of state.

"We are going to govern for everyone in peace and unity," added Arce, whose victory brought Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) back to power.

Bolivia’s congress recommends lawsuit against out-going conservative interim president Jeanine Añez

LA PAZ, Oct 31 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Bolivia’s Congress, controlled by the socialist party of the former indigenous President Evo Morales, approved a report that recommends a lawsuit against outgoing right-wing President Jeanine Añez for genocide and other alleged crimes.

Morales party claims win as Bolivia seems to shift back left

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia appeared Monday to be shifting sharply away from the conservative policies of the U.S.-backed interim government that took power last year after leftist President Evo Morales resigned, with the self-exiled leader’s party claiming victory in a weekend presidential election.

The leading rival of Morales’s handpicked successor, Luis Arce, conceded defeat as did interim President Jeanine Áñez, a bitter foe of Morales.

Morales aide claims victory in Bolivia’s election redo

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Evo Morales’ party claimed victory in Bolivia’s presidential election as official results trickled in from Sunday’s high-stakes redo of last year’s annulled ballot that saw the leftist leader resign and flee the country.

More than nine hours after polls closed, barely 6% of all ballot boxes had been counted and they showed Morales’ handpicked successor, Luis Arce, trailing a conservative rival.

Bolivian striking medical workers step up pressure for more health sector budget

LA PAZ, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- After a 10-day hunger strike, Bolivia's medical workers decided Saturday to increase pressure on the country's legislature to pass a bill to allocate 10 percent of the state budget to the health sector.

The Union of the Medical Branches of Public Health representative Fernando Romero told reporters that union members have decided to request that the Ombudsman's Office, the Department of Human Rights, and the Catholic Church become mediators between the union and the government.

Bolivia’s interim gov’t declares national emergency over forest fires

LA PAZ, Sept 17 (NNN-Xinhua) — Bolivia’s Interim President Jeanine Anez declared a national emergency after more than half a million hectares of forest have been burnt in Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia.

Meanwhile, a decree permitting controlled burning for agricultural and livestock activities was annulled.

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