Carlos Mesa in Guatemala City (2014)
|78th President of Bolivia|
17 October 2003 â€“ 6 June 2005
|Preceded by||Gonzalo SÃ¡nchez de Lozada|
|Succeeded by||Eduardo RodrÃguez|
|Vice President of Bolivia|
6 August 2002 â€“ 17 October 2003
|President||Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada|
|Preceded by||Jorge Quiroga RamÃrez|
|Succeeded by||Ãlvaro GarcÃa Linera|
|Born||Carlos Diego Mesa Gisbert
August 12, 1953
La Paz, Bolivia
|Political party||no party affiliation|
|Spouse(s)||Elvira Salinas de Mesa|
|Alma mater||Complutense University of Madrid, Universidad Mayor de San AndrÃ©s|
We must create a state that responds to the citizens' needs, and we need citizens who feel committed to their state because that state serves the citizens.
My government has the challenge of addressing the issue of gas. The issue of gas cannot be addressed today without the participation of all Bolivians alike.
I will not be able to rule without you. You and I have the same responsibility. I do, as Bolivia's number one servant. Servant – one who serves the nation, not one whom the nation serves.
The cost of pension reforms has been perhaps the biggest error committed in the process of modernizing Bolivia's economy.