Bolivia

Bolivia’s Luis Arce congratulates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, expects better relations

 

Luis Alberto “Lucho” Arce Catacora, 57, was one of the world leaders who took to Twitter to congratulate Joe Biden, 77, and Kamala Harris, 56. For the incumbent and third president of Bolivia, the new government under the two Democratic Party members is likely to bring about better relations.

On January 20, 2021, Biden and Harris will be inaugurated as the 46th president and 49th vice president of the United States, respectively. In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, they defeated their respective Republican opponents Donald Trump, 74, and Mike Pence, 61, who were seeking reelection.

The 2020 U.S. presidential election was held on November 3, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was the country’s the 59th quadrennial presidential election.

Biden is the 47th U.S. vice president. He was in office from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017 along with 44th U.S. president Barack Obama, 59.

 

At age 78, Biden will be the oldest man to be inaugurated as the U.S. president. He received more than 74 million votes, making him the elected president with the most votes in U.S. history.

Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, is making history, as well. She is the first female, first Asian, first black and first Caribbean U.S. vice president.

From January 3, 2011 to January 3, 2017, Harris served as the attorney general of California, USA. She assumed office as U.S. senator from California on January 3, 2017, making her the first South Asian American and the second African American woman to serve in the U.S. senate.

 

Arce was born to Carlos Arce Gonzales and Olga Catacora in La Paz, Pedro Domingo Murillo Province, Bolivia on September 28, 1963. Carlos and Olga are both teachers.

Luis earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz, and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Warwick at Coventry, England, United Kingdom. He was Bolivia’s minister of economy and public finance from January 23, 2006 to June 24, 2017 and from January 23, 2019 to November 10, 2019.

In the 2020 Bolivian general election, Luis won the presidency with 55.1 percent of the vote. He defeated Carlos Mesa, 67, and Luis Fernando Camacho, 41, who received 28.83 percent and 14 percent of the vote, respectively.

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