Bolivian president calls early elections amid gas dispute

Peter Howard WertheimOGJ CorrespondentBolivia’s indigenous and trade union groups opposing the government’s natural gas policies have called for new roadblocks and strikes in protest against Bolivian President Carlos Mesa’s natural gas policies, which they say favor multinational oil companies at the expense of the population.Mesa submitted his resignation Mar. 6 during a nationally televised speech when he expressed his inability to control the ongoing nationwide protests by leftist groups that virtually paralyzed the country at the beginning of March. During Mesa’s 17 months in office he has seen more than 820 protests.Mesa said he would ask Congress to call earl...

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