Friday, June 10, 2005

New president in Bolivia

Here's a good Democracy Now! segment on the situation in Bolivia, where the head of the Supreme Court, Eduardo Rodriguez, was sworn in as the new President last night. There was widespread concern, which I shared, that the military was going to crack down on the protests, possibly making way for a coup.

Although the country has pulled back from an outbreak of mass violence, the situation is far from settled. The main demands of the protesters -- the nationalization of the energy industry and a rewrite of the constitution -- are yet to be addressed, and it is unclear what direction Rodriguez and the national Congress will take in the coming days. Keep an eye on things.