Daily Archives: April 21, 2012

Potosi and Tarija will push for Federalism (this post didn’t appear on 4/20/12)

Bolivia continues to change, we went from a Republic to a Pluri-national State. Now, two of the nice Bolivian departments want to shift from a Unitary type of government to a Federal one. This news appeared in http://www.hoybolivia.com:

The President of the civic Committee of Tarija, Walter Mogro, announced a meeting with civic of Potosí to unify criteria focused on achieving federalism of those two departments.

“There is a formal agreement that the two departments are asking for federalism and have to move.” You will “fix a meeting for the next few days to move forward on this issue”, he told reporters.

Civic Tarija made public its position by federalism the past April 15 at a rally of protest against the result of an international technical study which determined that one of the three reservoirs of the Margarita (Tarija) field has connectivity with the field Huacaya (Chuquisaca) and that royalties should be shared between the two regions.

“Clarify that federalism is not at any time separation of the country”, supplemented Mogro.


Along these lines, the President of the civic Committee of Potosi, Celestino Condori, visit to Tarija, said that “the autonomies were a deception of the Government, because now everything is more centralized than before”.

President Evo Morales on July 19, 2010 the Act of autonomy and decentralization which established the territorial reorganization, the recomposition of the political power and a reallocation of fiscal resources.

CONDORI also made vows by the unification of criteria of the departments of the South of the country receive greater attention from the Government.

“I think must unite the peoples of the South of Bolivia to have a common position and make us listen to the Government, because enough of that our peoples (Chuquisaca) Sucre, Potosí and Tarija, are always forgotten by Governments of the day,” he commented.


Potosi have been advocating federalism almost forever, last one was early last century, as my father recalls as a boy, attending parades in support of federalism. Tarija has great hydrocarbons resources and made the decision to become part of Bolivia when we gained our independence from Spain, early 19th century. So, under this government and earlier ones, the prevailing failure remains as the inability to channel revenues to those departments where wealth was originated from.

In the case of Potosi, ever since colonial times, most if not all wealth ended up in Spain or the Bolivian national treasury where it was distributed across the nation.

Current civic leaders where clear that they do not intend to depart from Bolivia but seek a better way to access to the wealth they are entitled by birth.

Lastly my apologies for re-sending this post today, I arrange it to be published yesterday, but for some inexplicable ‘virtual’ failure, the system did not posted it. Sorry, please bear in mind my serious commitment to publish daily, thank you for your understanding.