Bo­li­vian in­dige­nous govern­ment hailed

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ABOUT 50 lo­cal Guarani state of­fi­cials, na­tional au­thor­i­ties and in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives cel­e­brated the first Au­tonomous In­dige­nous Govern­ment in Bo­livia on Sun­day.

It is about to take power in the prov­ince of Charagua, in the east­ern re­gion of Santa Cruz.

“To­day, au­ton­omy has been of­fi­cially con­sol­i­dated,” said se­nior cap­tain of North Cha­ranga Ron­ald An­dres Garaica dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“We are bury­ing a tra­di­tional, dis­crim­i­na­tory, ex­clud­ing sys­tem where only a few fam­i­lies held po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic power,” he added.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Al­varo Gar­cia Lin­era re­called the long-stand­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and suf­fer­ing of In­dige­nous peo­ples.

”Guarani peo­ple ar­rived in Bo­livia about 700 years ago, com­ing from Paraguay, and actively par­tic­i­pated in the strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence,” he added, con­firm­ing that Pres­i­dent Evo Mo­rales will sup­port the new govern­ment with the rel­e­vant bud­get.

Last Septem­ber, over 53per­cent of the elec­torate in Charagua voted in a ref­er­en­dum in favour of au­ton­omy.

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