The “Pitita Revolution” in Bolivia

Bolivia’s transitional government came about following 21 days of widespread protests, prompted by the so-called “Pitita Revolution”, that took to the streets in cities all over the country demanding respect for the vote in the October 20 general elections, accompanied by a series of events that precipitated the fall of Evo Morales: a refusal by the police to repress protestors, the preliminary report of the Organization of American States (OAS) which revealed irregularities in the electoral process, and suggestions to the president by workers’ and trade union organizations and, eventually, the head of the military, that he should resign from office due to the increase in social conflict.

The president’s departure was followed by the resignations of several national, departmental and local authorities, causing a power vacuum and social chaos. However, to fully understand what happened in Bolivia it is important to point out the complexity of the political-electoral scenario and the harm to Bolivia’s democracy and society caused by the Morales government and his political regime (MAS) during its 14 years in power.

With this backdrop, the birth of public protests which grew out of “Pititas” led to the transition process…

 

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