The first Constitution of the Republic of Bolivia (so named in 1825) bears date 28 October, 1880. A new Constitution was adopted in October, 1938, whereby executive power is vested in a President, elected for 4 years by direct popular vote, and not eligible for re-election until 4 years after his term has ended. In the event of his death or failure to assume the office, the President of the Senate becomes President. There is a Congress of two chambers, called the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, which meets annually on 6 August at La Paz. There are 3 senators for each of 9 departments, elected for 6 years (one-third retiring every 2 years), and 110 representatives are elected for 4 years (one-half retiring every 2 years). Extraordinary sessions may be held for special purposes when convoked by the Executive or by a majority of both chambers. The President’s Cabinet consists of 9 ministers.
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Books of Reference concerning Bolivia.
1. Official Publications
- There is no official gazette.Google Scholar
- Anuario Geografico y Estadistico de la Republica de Bolivia. Annual. La Paz.Google Scholar
- Anuario del comercio Exterior de Bolivia.Google Scholar
- Boletin Mensuel del Informacion Estadistica.Google Scholar
- Constitucion Polîtica de la Republica de Bolivia. La Paz, 1902.Google Scholar
- Brazil and Bolivia. Treaty for the Exchange of Territories and other Complications. Signed 17 November, 1903. New York, 1904.Google Scholar
- Informe financiere del Contralor General; vigencia de 1940. Bogota, Contraloria General de la República, 1941.Google Scholar
- Estadistica fiscal y administrativa, 1940. Bogota, 1941.Google Scholar
2. Non-Official Publications
- The Political Organization of Bolivia. (Carnegie Institution.) Washington, 1940.Google Scholar
- The New World Guides to the Latin American Republics. Vol. I, Mexico and Central America; Vol. II, South America. New York, 1945.Google Scholar
- Arguedas (A.), Historia de Bolivia. La Paz. 1924. French translation. Paris, 1925.Google Scholar
- Kanter (Helmuth) Der Gran Chaco und seine Randgebiete. Hamburg, 1936.Google Scholar
- Linke (Lilo), Andean Adventure: A Social and Political Study of Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. London, 1944.Google Scholar
- Lopez Pedro (N.), Bolivia y el Petroleo. La Paz, 1922.Google Scholar
- Marsh (M. A.), The Bankers in Bolivia. New York, 1928.Google Scholar
- Paz (Franklin A.), Le Régime Parlementaire en Bolivie. Paris, 1933.Google Scholar
- Schurz (W. L.), Bolivia: A Commercial and Industrial Handbook. Washington, 1921.Google Scholar