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Andean Group - February 2019

New wave of reforms for under-fire judicial system in Bolivia

The Bolivian judiciary has had few supporters in recent years, attracting concerns from critics of President Evo Morales’s government, both within Bolivia and internationally, while also failing to win the trust of President Morales himself, who has been speaking of the need for substantial reform for some time now. The most recent wave of changes which took place last year seem to have been motivated in part by a scandal surrounding the detention and imprisonment of a doctor, Jhiery Fernández, with critics alleging that this was the result of an executive order from Morales in response to public pressure, despite the official separation of Bolivia’s executive and judicial branches of government.

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