Will Luis Arce Rebuild Bolivia’s Broken Judiciary?


Will Luis Arce Rebuild Bolivia’s Broken Judiciary?

By José Miguel Vivanco, César Muñoz Acebes

Bolivia’s new president should resist the temptation to politicize the justice system.

A well-functioning, independent judicial system is essential for good governance, accountability, and, ultimately, political stability The lack of such a system in Bolivia explains many of the serious problems the country has gone through in the last year The peaceful October 18 election, however, has opened a new opportunity for the country When Luis Arce received the presidential sash on November 8, he inherited a justice system in tatters and pliant to those in power His predecessors, Evo Morales – who remains the leader of Arce’s party, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) – and...

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