Carlos Mesa Quotes

Carlos Diego Mesa Gisbert (born August 12, 1953) is a Bolivian historian and former politician. He was Vice President of Bolivia from August 2002 to October 2003 and then became President, holding office from October 17, 2003 until his resignation on June 6, 2005. Mesa had previously been a television journalist. His widespread recognition prompted the MNR candidate Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to pick him as running mate in the 2002 Bolivian presidential elections. The winning ticket of Sánchez-Mesa took possession on August 6, 2002. As Vice-President, Mesa was quickly put into a difficult situation when a wave of protests and strikes shut down Bolivia in a bitter dispute known as the Bolivian Gas War. The demonstrations eventually forced Sánchez de Lozada to resign and leaving Mesa as President of the Republic.

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Bolivia is not yet a country of equals.

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The cost of pension reforms has been perhaps the biggest error committed in the process of modernizing Bolivia's economy.

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I will not be able to rule without you. You and I have the same responsibility. I do, as Bolivia's number one servant. Servant - one who serves the nation, not one whom the nation serves.

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I want Bolivians to support their president.

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We must create a state that responds to the citizens' needs, and we need citizens who feel committed to their state because that state serves the citizens.

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“This is an exhortation for a country that is on the verge of civil war,”

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“These movements are leading the country to a point that is unsustainable; I can't continue to govern under these circumstances.”

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“Direct access to sea is an essential part of foreign policy.”

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“The issue is a stone in the show.”

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“This is as far as I can go,”

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I have reached a limit in my work.

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I'm not going to run away from my responsibilities.

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My government has the challenge of addressing the issue of gas. The issue of gas cannot be addressed today without the participation of all Bolivians alike.

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“It is a resignation that has one objective and that objective is to let the Bolivian people know that this is genuine,”

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