Mercosur backs new Bolivian government

ASUNCION, Paraguay, June 20 (UPI) -- South American leaders from the Mercosur trade bloc expressed their support Monday for the new Bolivian leader who recently came to power.

Bolivia gets new Cabinet

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 15 (UPI) -- New Bolivian President Eduardo Rodriguez has named a new Cabinet and reasserted his promise to have elections before 2006.

Ex-leader blames Bolivian woes on Colombia

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 13 (UPI) -- Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada said that the presence of Colombian narcotraffickers in Bolivia was contributing to the nation's troubles.

Venezuela: Chavez blames Bush for Bolivia

CARACAS, Venezuela, June 13 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blamed the Bush administration for weeks of widespread protests in Bolivia.

Bolivia: President meets with opposition

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 12 (UPI) -- Bolivia's president met with opposition leaders Sunday in an effort to diffuse tensions and avoid further protests that crippled the country for weeks.

Bolivia: Last of protest roadblocks lifted

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 12 (UPI) -- Fuel and food moved freely into the Bolivian capital for the first time in weeks Sunday after protesters lifted the last of the roadblocks.

Bolivians stage victory march

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 10 (UPI) -- Bolivian protesters took to the streets one more time Friday after holding the capital under siege for several weeks

Bolivian lawmakers appoint new president

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 10 (UPI) -- Bolivian lawmakers accepted the resignation of President Carlos Mesa late Thursday and appointed Supreme Court President Eduardo Rodriguez in his place. The decision came late at night after a congressional meeting set for earlier Thursday was cancelled a

Spain prepares evacuation of Bolivia

MADRID, June 9 (UPI) -- Spain is making preparations to evacuate its citizens from Bolivia in case the protests rocking the nation worsen.

Bolivian lawmakers cancel meeting

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 9 (UPI) -- Bolivian lawmakers disappointed the nation Thursday when they canceled an emergency meeting set to choose a new president.

Brazil could face gas shortage

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 9 (UPI) -- Brazil could be faced with a serious natural gas shortage within a week due to the growing unrest in neighboring Bolivia, Brazilian gas officials says.

Bolivia lawmakers deciding fate of leader

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 9 (UPI) -- Bolivian lawmakers were deciding Thursday whether to accept the resignation of President Carlos Mesa and, if so, who would lead the country.

Bolivia: Protests calm ahead of decision

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 8 (UPI) -- Protests in the Bolivian capital were relatively calm Wednesday leading up to a key session of Congress to decide who will lead the nation.

OAS rejects U.S. democracy proposal

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 8 (UPI) -- Leaders of the Organization of American States rejected a proposal by the United States for monitoring democracy in the region.

Bolivia: Mesa warns of civil war

LA PAZ, Bolivia, June 8 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Carlos Mesa said the nation could be faced by civil war if it doesn't have elections in the near future.
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Carlos Diego Mesa Gisbert (born August 12, 1953) is a Bolivian politician, historian and President of Bolivia from October 17, 2003 until his resignation on June 6, 2005.

Mesa was a popular television journalist and personality, known by many for his rectitude and impartiality but loathed by many others for alleged political opportunism. His widespread name recognition prompted the MNR candidate Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to pick him as his running mate in the 2002 Bolivian presidential elections. The winning ticket of Sánchez-Mesa took possession on August 6, 2002. As Vice-President, the apolitical Mesa was quickly caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, as a wave of protests and strikes shut down Bolivia in a bitter dispute known as the Bolivian Gas War. The demonstrations eventually forced Sánchez de Lozada to resign and flee the country, leaving Mesa as President of the Republic.

In the short year and a half since assuming office, Mesa found himself also under extreme internal and external political pressures over the use of Bolivia's 1.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, estimated to be worth billions of dollars (USD).

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