Senator Salame on her rejection of Lima’s censorship: "I could never retract it, what’s more, if I did it again I would have the same vote"

Senator Salame on her rejection of Lima's censorship: "I could never retract it, what's more, if I did it again I would have the same vote"

June 3, 2023, 10:30 AM

June 3, 2023, 10:30 AM

Senator Silvia Salame, from Comunidad Ciudadana (CC), He forcefully said that he will not retract or apologize to his allianceto for not having censured the Minister of Justice, Iván Lima, in the act of interpellation of May 30. He ratified that did not commit transfuge and that it did not violate any principle of that alliance, even less it went against any instruction from Carlos Mesa because he did not receive any line.

I could never retract it, what’s more, if I did it again I would have the same vote. This is not a government support because if you analyze my conduct in other cases, for example in questioning the Minister of Public Works, my position has always been in opposition to the bad exercise of power,” said the legislator when asked if she would retract her decision.

He clarified that he did not violate the principles of CC and that one of the elements of a democratic country is the free expression that they would be trying to limit for thinking differently.

“I was never made aware that Mesa had instructed to vote for this or that, never. I cannot be accused of failing to comply with an instruction given by the head of the alliance,” he explained.

On May 30, the senator from Chuquisaca voted against the censure of the Minister of Justice, which provoked the protest of the CC bench. The head of the bench, Andrea Barrientos, affirmed that there was an internal agreement of all the legislators to vote against Lima.

Following this event, eight leaders of the Comunidad Ciudadana alliance signed a letter terminating the political and organic relationship with the senatorSilvia Salami.

“I have been very clear with them before the questioning session takes place, that first, I could never agree with an initiative of Evo Morales and you know that Morales is behind the censure of the Minister of Justice,” he said.

Salame said that it is a very painful case for her and that is why she sent a letter explaining that she is not a defector. He announced that he will wait for a process to be initiated through the Electoral Tribunalinstance that will decide whether or not to remove the seat.

Finally, the senator emphasized that The interpellation did not refer to the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, so he cannot be accused of having voted in favor of his “illegal” detention. “Point 7 of the interpellation referred to Camacho as an example of violation of rights. I want to clarify why it would seem that I am accepting that Camacho’s detention was legal,” he concluded.

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