During last Monday’s resignation speech, Carlos Mesa was emphatic that he was not going to flee the country. He said that Bolivia was his home and he wants the privilege of living there. Now that he no longer holds the title of President, what’s next?
The last three Presidents are either still head of their political party (Jaime Paz Zamora – MIR), looking towards the next election (Tuto Quiroga – ADN), or in exile (Goni – MNR). Hugo Banzer passed away in May 2002.
Mesa’s case is different, as he is not a member of a political party, nor necessarily looking to get back into the race. Although there is a possibility that he could form his own political project for future participation in politics. However, he wasn’t very enthusiastic of the idea
“After 20 months, I don’t know if one would want to return to the Palace as President, it is difficult, very difficult,” he added when the press asked him whether he planned on establishing his own party to continue in politics.
But for now, he is just taking his time after nearly two years as President. He added he would like to begin a discussion on the media’s role in the most recent crisis, which would return him to his media and journalist role.
One suggestion: Mesa is a huge fanatico of football, as he was often seen at the Hernando Siles stadium during the Bolivian National Team games. Perhaps he should head up the Bolivian Football Federation and turn Bolivian football around. Having to deal with Mauro Cuellar (Bolivar’s President) would seem like a piece of cake in comparison to these past 20 months.