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Luis Arce takes office as President of Bolivia

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São Paulo – Luis Arce took office as president of Bolivia this Sunday morning (8), in a ceremony held at the Plurinational Legislative Assembly. The diplomat of the ex-minister of Economy of the government of ex-president Evo Morales, marks the return to the power of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) after the coup of November of last year.

The event was attended by the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and the Presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; from Colombia, Iván Duque; and from Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, as well as representatives from other countries in America, Europe and Asia.

In the vicinity of Plaza Murillo, where the Government Palace and the seat of the Bolivian Legislature are located, thousands of people, coming from different provinces in recent days, greeted the new president. At the ceremony, Senate President Andrónico Rodríguez requested a moment of silence for the “fallen patriots who lost their lives in the fight against the coup”, while pleading for the restoration of democracy.

“As Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, that socialist leader killed in another coup in 1980, would say, it is not the hatred that drives our actions, but the passion for justice,” said Luis Arce, in his speech. “Democracy is not just the vote to elect authorities at all levels, but also open and fair elections, it is the participation of everyone without the exclusion of anyone.”

He also spoke about the difficulties the country is currently experiencing. “The government does leave an economy with figures that were not seen even in one of the worst crises that Bolivia suffered under the UDP government in the 1980s of the last century. Unemployment, poverty and inequality increased, ”he said. “Today we are here to send a message of hope to all the nations that make up Bolivia, to those brave men and women who struggle every day to overcome this difficult situation.”

Luis Arce’s nod to the USA

Before taking office, on his social networks, Luis Arce celebrated the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in a movement to bring Bolivia closer to the United States, with whom diplomatic relations were broken since the expulsion of the respective ambassadors in 2008.

“With a new government, we foresee better relations that will translate into the well-being of our peoples,” Arce posted.

With information from TeleSur

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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