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
Vice President of Bolivia
In office
January 22, 2006 – November 10, 2019
PresidentEvo Morales
Preceded byCarlos Mesa
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born (1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 57)
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Political partyMovement for Socialism
Spouse(s)Claudia Fernández Valdivia (2012–present)

Álvaro Marcelo García Linera (Spanish: [ˈalβaɾo ɣaɾˈsi.a liˈneɾa]; born 19 October 1962), is a Bolivian politician, who served as Vice President of Bolivia from 2006 until his resignation in 2019.

Early life[edit]

Political career[edit]

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 released in 1997.[1] 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."[2] 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.[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 had indicated his intention of leaving politics for teaching and writing in 2014, at the end of his term.[8] He did not comment on his re-election the same year to the present day. On November 10, 2019 he resigned with President Evo Morales following the 2019 Bolivian protests.[9] He left Bolivia and travelled to Mexico together with Morales.[10]

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.[11][12]


  1. ^ "El marxista que halló su cable a tierra - La Razón". www.la-razon.com.
  2. ^ Webber, Jeffery R. (25 April 2005). "Marxism and Indigenism in Bolivia: A Dialectic of Dialogue and Conflict". ZCommunications. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  3. ^ Garcia Linera, Alvaro. Sociología de los Movimientos Sociales en Bolivia. La Paz: Plural, 2005.
  4. ^ "Bolivian VP Posts WikiLeaks Cables on his Website". Fox News Latino. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Wikileaks - Vicepresidencia". wikileaks.vicepresidencia.gob.bo.
  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 Razón". www.la-razon.com.
  9. ^ "Dimite también el vicepresidente de Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera". www.eluniversal.com.co. November 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Morales arrives in Mexico as Bolivia senate seeks to name interim president". CNA. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Fotos El vicepresidente y Claudia Fernández unieron sus vidas en la Basílica de San Francisco | Alvaro Garcia Linera y Claudia Fernandez". September 9, 2012.

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