Bolivian Houses Have New heads

La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Journalist and former people”s ombudswoman Ana Maria Romero was named to chair the Bolivian Senate, while lawyer Hector Arce, former minister for the State”s legal defense, was elected president of the Chamber of Deputies.

  Local press reported Tuesday the parliamentarians reached consensus in a meeting last night, shortly after the first Plurinational Legislative Assembly (ALP) was set up.

Romero, elected senator for the ruling Movement towards Socialism, will be the first woman in 184 years of the Bolivian republican history to preside over Senate. Meanwhile, Arce will be one of the youngest presidents in the chamber of deputies.

The former head of the Confederation of Bolivian Farmers Isaac Avalos, senator elect for the eastern department of Santa Cruz, was named chief of the ruling faction in Senate, and his fellow MAS member and former mayor of Achacachi, Eugenio Rojas, designated second chief.

The senator elected for the department of Chuquisaca, Rene Martinez, was designated first vice president of the upper house.

Cochabamba deputy Rebeca Delgado was elected MAS head in the lower house, and her party fellow Emiliana Aizar second chief.

The new parliament will be officially established today, three days before president Evo Morales assumes his second term.

MAS legislative faction in the Assembly is made up of 25 senators and 88 of the 130 deputies, with that political force having two thirds in both houses, with few spaces for the opposition.

Source: Prensa Latina

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