Coup d’état or institutional crisis? Crosses at the Foreign Ministry for the position on Bolivia

Monday 11 November, 2019

The Argentine Foreign Minister, Jorge Faurie, was clear when expressing the position of the Cambiemos government on Bolivia: “There are not the elements to define it as a coup“, he said and considered that the country is only going through “institutional crisis”.

However, not everyone in Chancellery they think the same. This Monday, the Professional Association of the Permanent Corps of the Foreign Service of the Nation (APSEN), differed from the government’s position and expressed its condemns the “coup that deposed President Evo Morales”, in addition to expressing concern about the situation of diplomats who are working in the neighboring country.

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“We are closely following the situation of diplomatic officials who are assisting Argentines in the Embassy and our 6 consulates in Bolivia, as a result of the violence and the coup that deposed the President Evo Morales, which we condemn, “he said via Twitter the organization that represents 94% of active and retired Argentine diplomats.

The brief text is added to the document published on Sunday by the workers of ATE Chancellery that questions what was expressed by Faurie and accuses the government of “subjecting its international position to a discretionary political calculation.”

“The statement of the Argentine Foreign Ministry in front of the civic-police coup carried out in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, for which he qualifies what happened as ‘resignation from office’ and ‘transition period’, in a context of open persecution and intimidation of Bolivian leaders and citizens, leads again to think that the government has decided to subject its international position to a calculation political discretionary character, when not to a flat and plain subordination to the dictates emanating by a foreign authority ”, expressed ATE Chancellery.

The Argentine government expressed its position last night through a statement that was reinforced this Monday morning by the Foreign Minister. Faurie at a press conference. The administration official of Mauricio Macri said that “there are no elements to define as a coup d’état” what happened in Bolivia last Sunday, after Evo Morales will resign after threats from the Armed Forces and Police, and the arbitrary harassment and detention of government officials.

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“The armed forces have not assumed power. They are simply carrying out dialogue measures with different political forces and this will lead to the Legislative Assembly being able to choose tomorrow who is going to preside over this transitional government for the period of ninety days,” he said. Faurie.

The foreign minister also said that in Bolivia there is “a power vacuum” until the Legislative Assembly decides who will lead the country for the next 90 days. “At this moment and following him step by step there are not the elements to describe this as an existing coup. We believe that the role of the armed and security forces is very important simply to guarantee the continuity of the institutional life of Bolivia and not to assume or have a more leading role than that established by the laws of Bolivia, “he said.

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