Bolivian Ambassador to Spain leaves office amid crisis

He ambassador of Bolivia, Jorge Ramiro Tapia Sainz, announced this Monday the end of his “mission” diplomat in Spain in full political crisis, with a message in which he called for “social peace, understanding and harmony” in the South American country.

Some information suggests that Tapia would have been dismissed by the Government of the country’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, according to sources from the diplomatic legation in Madrid informed EFE on Monday

Tapia has published on social networks a message to the Bolivian community in Spain to publicly confirm his departure, from which does not offer specific reasons. “I announce that my mission at the head of this Embassy has come to an end,” he explained, less than two years after his arrival in Spain – he was appointed in January 2018-.

Goodbye message

In his farewell, he calls for “social peace, understanding and harmony” in his country

“It has been two years and a single objective: unity,” he added, also reviewing some of the initiatives that he has carried out during this time and that have served to bring Bolivia closer to “this beautiful country that is Spain.”

“I also want to convey to you the deep and sincere recognition that the Spanish authorities have expressed to you in each of the meetings that I have held,” he stated. Tapia, in fact, was received last week by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Josep Borrell.

“Hoping that social peace, understanding and harmony return to our country for the good of each and every Bolivian, I bid you farewell, reiterating my deep gratitude,” the outgoing ambassador concluded in his message.

Crisis in Bolivia

The riots in the country have already claimed the lives of more than twenty people

The opposition Áñez was named president of the Senate before assuming the interim presidency of Bolivia on November 12, two days after the resignation of Evo Morales as head of state, who went to Mexico as an asylee. The Bolivian Constitution establishes that, in the absence of the Head of State, the Vice President of the country, the President of the Senate and the President of Congress assume the Presidency, in this order.

Bolivia is experiencing a deep crisis with riots that have left at least 23 dead and more than 700 injured in various clashes during protests since the failed elections on October 20, according to data from the Ombudsman’s Office.

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