Daily Archives: February 17, 2016

Bolivia leader asks probe of ex-girlfriend’s contracts

AP reports for Yahoo news:

Bolivia leader asks probe of ex-girlfriend’s contracts

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 11.17.25 AMLA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says he’s asking government auditors to investigate contracts given to a Chinese company that employs a former girlfriend.

Morales denies any wrongdoing in the more than $400 million worth of state contracts with China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd. but says the State Controller’s Office should determine if there were irregularities. The projects include a potassium plant and reservoirs.

He recently acknowledged a relationship in 2007 with Gabriela Zapata, who’s a senior executive for CAMC in Bolivia.

The government last month cancelled a railroad track contract with the company and officials say it proves there’s no favoritism.

Revelation of the relationship by a local journalist came less than a month before a national referendum on whether Morales should be allowed to seek a fourth term in office.