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Monday, August 28, 2006

"Evo Morales urges trial of ex-president," Prensa Latina, August 28, 2006.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for his predecessor, Eduardo Rodriguez, to be tried for handing 41 missiles made in China from the country’s armed forces to the United States.

Carlos Valdez, "Bolivia Halts Energy Plan," Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2006.

Bolivia says it has suspended the nationalization of its oil and gas industry pending a reorganization of the state petroleum company [YPFB], which lacks the funds and operating capacity to take over production from foreign companies....

In addition, the ministry announced plans to restructure and modernize the 70-year-old YPFB, which was partially privatized by former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in 1997 but renationalized in 2004.


Fernando Messmer, leader of the conservative party Podemos' congressional delegation, said, "The refineries are still in the hands of multinational companies," and many of them are not paying the Bolivian government the 82% share of revenues ordered by Morales.

An association of Bolivian oil and gas companies said that since May 1 more than 30 foreign and domestic petroleum businesses had ceased operations or taken their business to other South American countries.

See also The Democracy Center Based in San Francisco and Cochabamba. Jim Shultz. Gretchen Gordon.
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