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Bolivia - August 2023

Congress faces impasse in judicial elections

An impasse in Congress has prevented the call for judicial elections in Bolivia, which means that incumbent officials serving on the Supreme Tribunal, Constitutional Tribunal, Agro-environmental Tribunal and Magistrate’s Council will remain in place for now.  Without the two thirds majority needed and amid internal divisions within the MAS party, movement remains stalled.  Critics of the 2017 amendment, which brought in the use of elections for judicial posts, consider it has not contributed to improving the legitimacy of the judicial branch, as low voter-turnout (as seen in previous elections) and corruption in the judiciary prevail. 

Sources: Associated Press, El Pais

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