Leaders of Santa Cruz desisted from holding the Census in 2023 and ratified that the strike continues

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The opposition member Luis Fernando Camacho assured that with the strike it was possible to reallocate state resources and parliamentary seats based on the new population data

Santa Cruz leaders gave up holding the Census in 2023 and ratified that the strike is maintained

Santa Cruz leaders acknowledged that the census was not it is technically possible for 2023 and they confirmed that the strike continues. (EFE)

The leaders of Santa Cruz, the Bolivian economic engine, accepted this Wednesday that the population census be carried out in 2024 considering that their proposal for it to be in 2023 is no longer technically sustainable and they ratified the regional strikepending a law on the census process.

These announcements were made in a joint statement by the governor of Santa Cruz, the opposition Luis Fernando Camacho; the vice president of the regional civic committee, Stello Cochamanidis, and the rector of the state Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno (UAGRM), Vicente Cuéllar.

“Today we can sustain, based on technical criteria, that the census is no longer technically sustainable for it to be carried out in 2023″, lamented Cuéllar.

According to the rector, the initial proposal of the Inter-institutional Committee of the Census proposed the registration for June 28, 2023, but they had to adjust the calendar progressively because some activities were not carried out in a timely manner due to the “inefficiency” of the National Institute of Statistics (INE).< /p>

Camacho for his part accused the Executive of Luis Arceand the government Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) for having delayed this conflict “by seven months”.

According to the governor, some legislators explained to him that if the The rule is rejected in the session of the Chamber of Deputies convened for this Thursday, it will no longer be possible to present another project and “we are left without a law”.

Santa Cruz leaders gave up holding the Census in 2023 and ratified that the strike is maintained

Luis Fernando Camacho accused the Executive for his part of Luis Arce and the government Movement for Socialism (MAS) for having delayed this conflict “for seven months”. (REUTERS)

For this reason, he asked the parliamentarians of his party, Creemos, and of the also opposition Citizen Community (CC) that they accept the law that sets the census for 2024, as established in the decree signed a few days ago by the president.

The opponent maintained that it was a “very difficult” decision , but that is “understandable” given the explanations received.

He also insisted that it was not a defeat for Santa Cruz, since what was not achieved was achieved could after the 2012 census, which is the commitment to reallocate state resources and parliamentary seatsbased on the new population data.

The strike continues

Cochamanidis ratified that “the strike continues” and that from the region they will support the opposition parliamentarians “who are going to be fighting on totally adverse terrain” to obtain the approval of the law.

Santa Cruz leaders gave up holding the Census in 2023 and ratified that the strike continues

Cochamanidis ratified that “the strike continues” and that from the region they will support the opposition parliamentarians “who are going to be fighting on totally adverse terrain” to obtain the approval of the law. (AP)

The leaders of Santa Cruz agreed that the MAS “no longer has excuses” and that it is in their hands to resolve the conflict “as soon as possible”.< /b>

“MAS's move is to leave us lawless,” warned Camacho, who also announced that on Monday a “commission of notables” will be sworn in to evaluate “the political, economic, and social relationship between the Bolivian State and Santa Cruz,” which In his opinion, it will be “the fight of fights”.

“We are tired of outrages, that he doesn't mind having us in the streets, that they kick our people, they put her in jail (…) We can continue to be unemployed for two yearsand this will continue to happen, we have to nip it in the bud and the only way is to establish a line” of rights, obligations and needs, he added.

The census was due to be carried out this month, but In July, the Government postponed it until 2024 arguing “technical problems”, which caused the rejection, especially of Santa Cruz, which has been in operation for 33 days strike for the prompt completion of the national survey.

Santa Cruz leaders gave up holding the Census in 2023 and ratified that the strike is maintained

The census was to be carried out this month, but in In July, the Government postponed it until 2024 arguing “technical problems”, which caused the rejection, above all, of Santa Cruz, who has been on strike for 33 days for the prompt completion of the national survey. (AP)

The new presidential decree sets March 23, 2024 as the date for registration and that financial resources will be distributed in September of that year.

Scruceño leaders distrust the government for the way in which the census process has been carried out and demand that these aspects, in addition to the allocation of parliamentary seats, be established by law.

< p class="paragraph">(With information from EFE)

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