Evo Morales Expects to Talk with Indigenous Marchers

La Paz, Oct 4.(Prensa Latina) - Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed his willingness to receive at the Presidential Palace indigenous marchers protesting the construction of an inter-departmental road and now moving to the city of La Paz.

Morales said before starting the process of dialogue with the leaders of the mobilization, obligations must be met with the ministers of state in charge of meeting the specifications of 16 demands.

Morales had already accused the marchers of obstructing Judicial elections scheduled for October 16, an alert that was completed on Monday, when Adolfo Chavez, head of the mobilization, proposed to postpone those elections for November.

According to the radio station Erbol, Chavez admitted that the arrival of the march to the seat of government in defense of indigenous territory Isiboro Secure (Tipnis), a day before the vote, could create some problems.

Consulted in the issue, Communication Minister, Ivan Canelas, said the government did not even consider the matter.

The President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Wilfredo Ovando, said that the election date is confirmed.

The member of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Dina Chuquimia, also said that the announced social mobilizations will not alter the date of the elections.

The marchers for the Tipnis argue that they defend the biodiversity of the vast Amazon region, while the executive commit themselves to further integration in roads to develop the region and give its residents access to health services and education, among others.

Government suspended construction of that road and proposed a national debate to decide by referendum whether it is feasible or not the road that will link the departments of Cochabamba (west) and Beni (east). (Prensa Latina)

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