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LatinNews Daily Report - 14 June 2013

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In Brief – Bolivia

POLITICS | OAS responds to Quiroga. On 13 June the Organization of American States (OAS) responded to a 30 April letter sent by Bolivia’s former president, Jorge Quiroga (2002-2003), calling on the organisation to issue a statement regarding the 29 April ruling by Bolivia’s plurinational constitutional court (TCP) which allows President Evo Morales to run in the 2014 presidential election. The ruling found that while the new 2009 constitution allows for just two consecutive presidential terms, Morales, who was first elected in 2005 and again in 2009, is eligible to stand for re-election as he is only serving his first term under the new constitution. The OAS response letter which was circulated to the local and international press, said that the OAS lacked the “power” to “opine about the constitutionality of legislative bills” or “make a declaration regarding a decision adopted” by the TCP, but that it considered the ruling “deviated” from the agreements reached by Bolivia’s legislature in 2008, which paved the way for the approval of the new constitution in which Morales agreed to not to pursue re-election.