Álvaro García Linera

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Álvaro García Linera
Álvaro García Linera - Participante del Foro Internacional por la Emancipación y la Igualdad 2011 (cropped).jpg
38th Vice President of Bolivia
Assumed office
January 22, 2006
PresidentEvo Morales
Preceded byCarlos Mesa
Personal details
Born (1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 56)
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Political partyMovement for Socialism
OccupationVice president

Álvaro Marcelo García Linera (Spanish: [ˈalβaɾo ɣaɾˈsi.a li'neɾa]; born 19 October 1962), is a Bolivian politician who has been Vice President of Bolivia since 2006.[1]

Early life[edit]

García wrote a monograph about the different political and social organizations that were a part of the political rise of the MAS and other indigenous factions, Sociología de los Movimientos Sociales en Bolivia (Sociology of Social Movements in Bolivia), which was published in 2005.[2]

Political career[edit]

García was elected vice president as the running partner to Evo Morales in the 2005 presidential elections.

He is an advocate of nationalization of Bolivia's hydrocarbon industry. In 2005 interview, he said that hydrocarbons "would be the second unifying factor of this society in October, 2003" and that "the debates over hydrocarbons are playing with the destiny of Bolivia."[3]

In December 2010, Linera posted the cables mentioning Bolivia from the website WikiLeaks, which leaks information from classified sources and whistleblowers, on his official page. Linera said linking this negative information was intended to allow people to see “barbarities and insults” in Washington and to expose their "interventionist infiltration."[4][5][6]

García Linera has defended the Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, saying that it is not intended as a means to hamper industrial development or mineral extraction. Private miners have disagreed with this stance, suggesting that the law allows the government to expropriate their operations without providing compensation and that is signals Bolivia is hostile to foreign investment.[7]

García Linera has indicated his intention of leaving politics for teaching and writing in 2014, at the end of his current term. [8] He did not comment on his re-election the same year to the present day.

Personal life[edit]

On March 8, 2012, García Linera publicly confirmed his engagement to Claudia Fernández Valdivia, a news anchor with Bolivian television station Red Uno.[8] They were married in September 2012, holding an indigenous ceremony on Saturday the 8th and a Catholic one on Sunday the 9th.[9][10]

In the early 1990s, García Linera was the leader of the Túpac Katari Guerrilla Army. In 1992, he was accused of armed uprising and arrested along with several other insurgents. He was freed in 1997.[11]

Interviews, speeches and articles by Álvaro García Linera[edit]


  1. ^ Vicepresidency of Bolivia
  2. ^ Garcia Linera, Alvaro. Sociología de los Movimientos Sociales en Bolivia. La Paz: Plural, 2005.
  3. ^ Webber, Jeffery R. (25 April 2005). "Marxism and Indigenism in Bolivia: A Dialectic of Dialogue and Conflict". ZCommunications. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Bolivian VP Posts WikiLeaks Cables on his Website". Fox News Latino. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ Wikileaks - Vicepresidency of Bolivia
  6. ^ "Documentos revelados por Wikileaks ratifican un gobierno imperial, intervencionista y abusivo: García Linera". FM Bolivia. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  7. ^ Achtenberg, Emily. "Earth First?". Knowledge Beyond Borders. NACLA. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  8. ^ a b El vicepresidente García confirma su proxima boda e insinúa su retiro de la politica para el 2014. La Razon - March 12, 2012
  9. ^ http://www.laprensa.com.bo/diario/entretendencias/escena/20120909/la-pachamama-los-bendijo_33473_53530.html
  10. ^ http://alvarogarciayclaudiafernandez.blogspot.com/2012/09/fotos-el-vicepresidente-y-claudia.html
  11. ^ http://www.la-razon.com/especial_mandato_historico/marxista-hallo-cable-tierra_0_2203579702.html

12. http://www.bolivia.com/noticias/autonoticias/detallenoticia30228.asp)