Bolivia will hold its first census in more than a decade in 2024, President Luis Arce said in a midnight speech on Saturday, scheduling it a year later than demanded by the opposition, as protests crippling part of the nation hit the three-week mark.
The largest city of Santa Cruz, a relatively wealthy farming hub and opposition bastion, has ground to a halt in recent days amid a general strike demanding that the census be held next year, before elections due in 2025.
In an apparent bid to calm the waters, Arce said the census would be held on March 23, 2024, or three months before a previous government deadline.
"We have a responsibility to carry out a quality census in which everyone participates," Arce said. "We call for the return of calm, peace and normality in the department of Santa Cruz."