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Bolivia Departments since 2006

Autonomous Regions Beni - Chuquisaca - Cochabamba - La Paz - Oruro - Pando - Potosí - Santa Cruz - Tarija -

Note: Since 18 Dec 2005 the 9 departments of Bolivia directly elected their Governors (styled Prefects to 30 May 2010). On 15 Dec 2007, the eastern departments of Bolivia unilaterally declared their autonomy as autonomous regions. The unilateral autonomy movement was not recognized by the Bolivian government. On 30 May 2010, the departments of Bolivia received autonomy under the 7 Feb 2009 constitution.

Party abbreviations
: ACI = Alianza Comité Interinstitucional (Inter Institutional Alliance Committee); APB = Autonomía para Bolivia (Autonomy For Bolivia); AS = Alianza Social (Social Alliance, est.2004); ER-CC = Encuentro Regional - Camino al Cambio (Regional Encounter - Way to Change); MAR = Movimiento Amazónico de Renovación (Amazon Renewal Movement); MAS = Movimiento al Socialism (Movement Towards Socialism, socialist, est.1997); MNR = Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario (Nationalist Revolutionary Movement, centrist, nationalist, est.1942); NFR = Nueva Fuerza Republicana (New Republican Force, center-right, est.1995); PB = Primero el Beni (Beni First, right-leaning, est.2009); PODEMOS = Poder Democrático Social (Social and Democratic Power, 'We Can', center-right, former ADN, est.2005); Mil = Military

Beni
  
[Beni department
                          flag, Bolivia]
                  
[Beni department
                          Alternate flag, Bolivia]
               Unofficial Alternate

15 Dec 2007                Beni Autonomous Region declared.
 1 Jun 2008                Referendum votes endorses autonomy 81% (vote
                             not recognized by Bolivian government).

Prefects

24 Jan 2006 -  4 Jan 2010  Ernesto Suárez Sattori (1st time)  (b. 1966)            PODEMOS
 4 Jan 2010 - 30 May 2010  Clemente Cárdenas Sanjinés (interim)
Governors
30 May 2010 -  1 Mar 2013  Ernesto Suárez Sattori (2nd time)  (s.a.)               PODEMOS
16 Dec 2011 -  1 Mar 2013  Haisen Ribera Leigue                                    MNR
                             (acting for suspended Suárez)
 1 Mar 2013 -              Carmelo Lens Fredericksen          (b. 1967)            PB

Chuquisaca


[Chuquisaca department, Bolivia]
               Adopted 30 Oct 1945

Prefects
23 Jan 2006 – 30 Aug 2007  David Sanchez Heredia (1st time)   (b. 1966
)            MAS
30 Aug 2007 – 20 Sep 2007  Adrián Valeriano (interim)         (b. 1964?)           MAS
20 Sep 2007 - 18 Dec 2007  David Sanchez Heredia (2nd time)   (s.a.)               MAS
18 Dec 2007 - 11 Jul 2008  Ariel Iriarte (interim)
11 Jul 2008 - 30 May 2010  Sabina Cuéllar Leaños (f)          (b. 1956)            ACI
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Esteban Urquizu Cuéllar            (b. 1981)            MAS


Cochabamba


[Cochabamba department, Bolivia]
                 In Use From 1809

Prefects 
24 Jan 2006 - 12 Aug 2008  Manfred Reyes Villa                (b. 1955)            NFR
12 Aug 2008 – 26 Aug 2008  Johnny Gutierrez Ferrel
                            
(acting, unrecognized)
29 Aug 2008 - 12 Dec 2008  Rafael Puente Calvo
(acting)       (b. 1940)            MAS
12 Dec 2008 - 30 May 2010  Jorge Ledezma Cornejo (interim)    (b. 1963)            MAS
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Edmundo Novillo Aguilar            (b. 1963)            MAS



La Paz


[La Paz department, Bolivia]
                Adopted 2 Jul 1987

Prefects
24 Jan 2006 - 10 Aug 2008  José Luís Paredes Muñoz            (b. 1956)            PODEMOS
10 Aug 2008 – 29 Aug 2008  Alejandro Zapata (interim)
29 Aug 2008 - 30 May 2010  Pablo Ramos Sánchez
               (b. 1937)            MAS
Governor
30 May 2010 -              César Hugo Cocarico Yana           (b. 1969)            MAS



Oruro


[Oruro department, Bolivia]

Prefect
27 Jan 2006 - 30 May 2010  Alberto Luís Aguilar Calle         (b. 1958)            MAS
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Santos Javier Tito Véliz           (b. 1964)            MAS



Pando
 
[Pando department, Bolivia]
 1938-1992 Unofficial, Adopted 26 Aug 1992

15 Dec 2007                Pando Autonomous Region declared.
 1 Jun 2008                Referendum votes endorses autonomy 82% (vote
                             not recognized by Bolivian government).

16 Sep 2008 - 2010         Pando placed under martial law by Bolivian government.


Prefects

24 Jan 2006 - 16 Sep 2008  Leopoldo Fernández Ferreira  
      (b. 1952)            PODEMOS
20 Sep 2008 - 30 May 2010  Landelino Rafael Bandeira Arze
                          Mil
                             
(interim)
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Luis Adolfo Flores Roberts         (b. 1972)
           MAR

Potosí


[Potosí department, Bolivia]
               Adopted 10 Nov 1941

Prefect
25 Jan 2006 - 30 May 2010  Mario Virreira Iporre              (b. 1949)            MAS
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Félix González Bernal              (b. 1960)            AS



Santa Cruz

[Santa Cruz department, Bolivia]
                Adopted 24 Jul 1864
 
15 Dec 2007                Santa Cruz Autonomous Region declared.
 4 May 2008                Referendum votes endorses autonomy 82% to 15%
                             (vote not recognized by Bolivian government).

Prefects

28 Jan 2006 -  5 Jan 2010  Rubén
Darío Costas Aguilera        (b. 1955)            APB
 5 Jan 2010 - 30 May 2010  Roly Aguilera Gasser (interim)     (b. 1968)
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Rubén
Darío Costas Aguilera        (s.a.)               APB


Tarija
 
[Tarija department, Bolivia]

15 Dec 2007                Tarija Autonomous Region declared.
22 Jun 2008                Referendum votes endorses autonomy 79% (vote
                             not recognized by Bolivian government).

Prefects

20 Jan 2006 -  5 Jan 2010  Mario Adel Cossío Cortez           (b. 1960)            ER-CC
 6 Jan 2010 - 30 May 2010  Mauricio Lea Plaza Peláez          (b. 1963)
                             (interim)
Governor
30 May 2010 -              Mario Adel Cossío Cortez          
(s.a.)               ER-CC
                             (suspended from 16 Dec 2010)
16 Dec 2010 -              Lino Condori                       (b. 1954)            MAS
                             (acting for suspended Cossío)
 






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