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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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Private school owners drop out of process back to school

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São Paulo – Sieeesp, a union that represents private schools in the state of São Paulo, withdrew from a lawsuit filed against the capital’s city hall. In action, he asked for back to school for all stages of basic education – infant and fundamental. In a demonstration on the last day (1), the eve of the Black Consciousness holiday, Judge Renata Barros Souto Maior Baiao acknowledged the withdrawal of the process by Sieeesp. And he officiated the Public Ministry. In an order of November 12, prosecutor João Paulo Faustinoni e Silva, from the Special Education Action Group of the São Paulo Public Prosecutor’s Office, spoke out against the granting of an injunction and recommended that the process be forwarded to the City Hall.

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The private teachers ‘union (Sinpro-SP) also contested Sieeesp’s action, calling for the dismissal of school owners’ action to return to face-to-face classes. The day after the MP’s demonstration, Sieeesp decided to abandon the action.

Municipal decree 59,860, signed on October 23 by the city of São Paulo, even allowed the resumption of classroom activities in high school. But it did not include permission for activities in early childhood education (up to 5 years old) or in elementary school (6 to 14 years old). Sieeesp argued, in its action, that the decision “would not have scientific support and would violate the principle of isonomy”.

Rushed back to school

Fepesp – the state federation of teachers of private schools – even condemned the decision of Mayor Bruno Covas’ management to release back to school in high school. And also the action of Sieeesp. “We consider the return to face-to-face activities to be hasty, as it exposes teachers, employees and everyone involved in the school ecosystem to the risk of contagion due to the agglomeration caused in classrooms or on public transport”, says Fepesp, in a note.

“The risk is still present and it was for no other reason that we insisted – and won in court – on special protection not only for education professionals in groups at risk. But also to all teachers who live with elderly people, with comorbidities, who are recovering from childbirth. And, thus, included in risk groups. ”

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