Bolivian indigenous government hailed
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.