King Felipe VI arrived this Saturday at 5:50 p.m. (10:50 p.m., Spanish peninsular time) in Bolivia accompanied by the Second Vice President of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, and the Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, to attend this Sunday the inauguration of the new Bolivian president, Luis Arce, with whom he has met.
The Royal House has sent a statement after the arrival of the king confirming that the meeting has been held and that, in it, they have been present delegations from both countries.
The Foreign Minister and the Second Vice President of the Government were part of the Spanish delegation in this meeting that took place shortly after her arrival in the country.
The king, declared ‘Illustrious Guest’
The king has been declared ‘Illustrious Guest’ of La Paz and El Alto upon arrival, title received from the presidents of the Municipal Councils: Jorge Silva and Antioco Cala.
The head of the transition commission of the Ministry of the Presidency, Freddy Bobaryn, explained that Arce will maintain bilateral meetings with the King of Spain and other foreign authorities after their possession.
King Felipe VI had a bilateral meeting at the Casa Grande del Pueblo with President Luis Arce at 7:00 p.m., with a duration of approximately 40 minutes, collects the Bolivian press.
Bobaryn stressed that there is also a scheduled meeting with Spanish residents in Bolivia, to know what your situation is in the country.
Felipe VI has already visited Bolivia previously on two occasions: for the investiture of Evo Morales and Álvaro García Linera in 2006 and 2010, although still as prince.
The acts of the transmission of command will begin with the k “oa traditional to be offered to the Pachamama at 7:00, while at 9:00 the official delegations will begin to arrive at the Legislative Assembly.
At 10.00 the start of the solemn opening session of the Assembly, at 10.35 the president and vice president-elect will arrive, and at 10.40 it will be the central act of possession. For 12:35 an act was scheduled in the hall of the Casa Grande del Pueblo and 12:40 the formal greeting.
At 1:00 p.m. the official photograph of the event and then a lunch will be provided, offered by President Luis Arce, to the heads of state, their delegations and special guests.
The event will conclude at 15.00, with a popular parade, with indigenous folk dances from each of the departments, in addition to the respective military honors.
Iglesias meets with the Argentine president
The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Pablo Iglesias, held on Saturday night a bilateral meeting with the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, taking advantage of his stay in La Paz to attend the inauguration of the new president of Bolivia, Luis Arce.
According to sources from his team, Iglesias and Fernández discussed the new progressive governments that “break through” in Latin America, from electoral triumph of the democratic candidate, Joe Biden, in the presidential elections of the United States and on the political news of his two countries. Both will attend this Sunday the swearing-in of the new president of Bolivia.
This encounter on the sidelines of the meeting that King Felipe VI will hold this Sunday with the Argentine president, scheduled after the ceremony of transfer of the presidential mantle in Bolivia, which is scheduled at 10:00 am in the Andean country -3:00 pm in mainland Spain. The monarch will have a meeting before with the Colombian Iván Duque.