Trying to give Bolivian reforms a green hue


In the aftermath of Bolivia’s latest round of political unrest, green groups here hope to use promised constitutional reforms to bolster government environmental regulation. A constitutional rewrite was one of several high-profile demands made amid nationwide demonstrations in June that brought down Bolivia’s second president in three years. Protest leaders also called for nationalization of the country’s natural-gas industry, an end to the “neo-liberal” economic model and broader popular involvement in governance. Bolivia’s current caretaker president, Supreme Court President Eduardo Rodríguez, has proposed a constituent assembly be convened next July, after a new chief executive has been picked this December by special election. Green activists plan to use the occasion to push for reforms. A key one would give Bolivia’s Sustainable Development... [Log in to read more]

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