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Bolivia: Venezuela Has Five Military Bases in the Country

Bolivian legislator Norma Piérola has denounced the existence of five Venezuelan military installations in the countryside. Piérola, member of the Convergencia Nacional (National Convergence party), asserted that the military bases have existed since at least 2010.

Piérola made the statement during a session of the Legislative Assembly, in the presence of Defense Minister Rubén Saavedra and Government Minister Carlos Romero. Saavedra denied the military bases' existence but declared that there are Venezuelan army personnel in Bolivia as part of an "educational exchange program" with friendly countries.

The Bolivian Constitution forbids any military installations from a foreign country.

Cross-posted at Fausta's blog.