04/19/2021

Promotions of generals and admirals approved by the Bolivian parliament

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The parliamentary approval of the generals and admirals promotions “restores the institutionality within the Armed Forces, which had been violated last year with irregular promotions decreed by the de facto regime of Jeanine Áñez,” Senator Wiliam Tórrez said in a subsequent statement. .

Tórrez, of the majority and official Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), indicated that this year’s promotions were approved with an emergency vote because the weekend will be the 60-day interim period of the military command, which has been in office since 29 December.
The current chiefs are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, César Vallejos (Air Force); the Chief of General Staff, Augusto García (Army), and the Army commanders, Miguel Ángel del Castillo; from the Air Force, Marcelo Heredia, and from the Navy, Franz Baldivieso.

A year ago, the MAS-controlled Senate objected to the promotions proposed by the then temporary president Áñez, who then decided to upgrade the top military chiefs by decree.
This resulted in a conflict of powers, before which the Senate submitted an appeal to the Constitutional Court, which hasn’t yet been addressed.
This situation leaves open the possibility that the former military leaders promoted by Áñez will be demoted.