While Spain had announced that it was not sending an ambassador to Caracas, which regime leader Nicolás Maduro took as a slight, the government of Bolivia indicated that it would invite opposition leader Juan Guaidó to the 8 November inauguration of its newly elected President, Luis Arce. Arce is a senior member of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) party. That party is a strong Bolivarian ally of Venezuela’s ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), so the invitation to Guaidó might seem to have been an insult. The Bolivian Foreign Relations Ministry came out with an ameliorating explanation—that the Ministry does not make the invitation choices, that it is by law the purview of an independent commission, and that no slight should be taken.

As the accompanying reference notes, no representative from the Maduro regime was invited by the commission. The invitations commission was evidently not happy with Maduro’s insults regarding Bolivia’s political processes, or at least not the processes that saw former President Evo Morales exiled. In any case, Guaidó evidently did not attend. As the second and third accompanying references attest, Morales was back in the country before two days had passed and the embassy of Venezuela in La Paz returned to the Bolivarians. The article indicates an expectation that Bolivia’s foreign policy will return to the Bolivarian fold.

…he [Morales] knew he would return to his country, but not that it would be so soon…

Source: Una comisión mixta invita a Guaidó a toma de posesión de nuevo presidente de Bolivia (A mixed commission invites Guaido to the innauguration of the new Bolivian president),” Tal Cual, 30 October 2020. https://talcualdigital.com/bolivia-invita-a-juan-guaido-a-la-tomade-posesion-de-luis-arce/

This Friday 29 October, the Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs [Karen Longaric Rodríguez] sent a new communique to clarify that that office is not the one that defines the list of invitees for the inauguration of the president elect, Luis Arce, this coming 8th of November, but rather that it simply sends out what is determined by the commission on Presidential Leadership Transition…

Chancellor Longaric explained by way of a communique that the vetoing of Morales owed to that ‘he has been hostile to the Bolivian democratic process and his presence in the country would generate social and political tension’…

Source: Editors, “Luis Arce es investido como nuevo presidente de Bolivia (Luis Arce is sworn in as the new President pf Bolivia),” El Universal, Mexico, 8 November 2020. https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/mundo/luis-arce-es-investido-como-nuevo-presidente-de-bolivia

…Arce took possession as Chief of State and of Government in La Paz in front of leaders including King Phillip IV of Spain and several presidents of American countries. Previously, the Aymara David Choquehuanca swore in as Vice-President…The investiture of Arce supposes the return to power of that party [MAS] almost exactly one year from when the political crisis broke a hegemony of almost 14 consecutive years of Morales as president…

Source: Editors, “Evo Morales regresa a Bolivia tras un año de exilio en Argentina (Evo Morales returns to Bolivia after a year in exile in Argentina),” ABC, 9 November 2020, https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-morales-regresa-bolivia-tras-exilio-argentina-202011091647_noticia.html

…Already back on Bolivian soil, the ex-ruler indicated that he knew he would return to his country, but not that it would be so soon.
Accompanying him were ex-Vice-president Álvaro García Linera and ex-ambassador to the Organization of American States, Sacha Llorent…
After the Evo Morales political front won the national elections, an order for his arrest was eliminated…Evo Morales indicated in recent weeks that he would not be part of the new government in Bolivia, although he would advise the new president. Luis Arce, on administration. As on previous opportunities, he assured that this time he would return to the Chimoré region, in the department of Cochabamba, in order to continue as a coca boss…

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