I didn't see any evidence of Venezuelan intelligence interfering in Bolivian affairsVenezuela: Chavez blames Bush for Bolivia Jun 13, 2005
The only solution (for ending the protests) is an immediate electionBolivia: Mesa warns of civil war Jun 08, 2005
The most important part of my meeting with Kirchner is to accomplish the will of the Bolivian people by increasing its contracts of gas sales to Argentina in volumes sufficiently appealing to both countries and permit the development of projects that expand gas access to people and areas where it was previously unavailable in ArgentinaPresidents of Bolivia and Argentina meet Jul 22, 2004
I will defend, and I imagine that so will Parliament, the will of the people as demonstrated through their ballotsPresident Mesa proposes hydrocarbon law Jul 19, 2004
If I were to do that, I would bring the country into an enormous debt with no way outMesa for nationalizing gas Jul 12, 2004
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).