República de Bolivia
  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Republic of Bolivia was created by a proclamation issued on 16 Aug., 1825, with a constitution adopted on 19 Nov., 1826. The present constitution —the twelfth—was adopted in Oct., 1938, and amended by a National Convention in 1944–45. Under that constitution 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 Vice-President, elected at the same time, assumes the presidency, and after him, the President of the Senate. There is a Congress of 2 chambers, called the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, which meets annually on 6 Aug. 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). The electorate comprises all adult males (including Indians) who can pass the literacy test, but only 160,000 thus qualified for the elections of 18 May, 1951.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1952

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