Department of Potosí
Location within Bolivia
|o Governor||Omar Veliz Ramos|
|o Total||118,218 km2 (45,644 sq mi)|
|o Density||7.0/km2 (18/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (BOT)|
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Potosí (Spanish pronunciation: [poto'si]; Aymara: Putusi; Quechua: P'utuqsi) is a department in southwestern Bolivia. It comprises 118,218 km2 with 823,517 inhabitants (2012 census). The capital is the city of Potosí. It is mostly a barren, mountainous region with one large plateau to the west, where the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni, is located.
Potosi is also the location of the San Cristóbal silver, zinc and lead mines, developed by the US-company Apex Silver Mines Limited of Colorado and in November 2008 sold to the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation.
The chief executive office of Bolivia departments (since May 2010) is the governor; until then, the office was called the prefect, and until 2006 the prefect was appointed by the President of Bolivia. The current governor, Esteban Urquizu Cuéllar of the Movement for Socialism - Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples was elected on 4 April 2010.
|Date Began||Date Ended||Prefect/Governor||Party||Notes|
|23 Jan 2006||30 May 2010||Mario Virreira Iporre||MAS-IPSP||First elected prefect. Elected in Bolivian general election, December 2005|
|30 May 2010||31 May 2015||Félix Gonzáles||MAS-IPSP||Elected in regional election on 4 April with 63.1% of the vote; first governor|
|30 May 2010||31 May 2015||Juan Carlos Cejas||MAS-IPSP||Elected in regional election on 29 March.|
Under the 2009 Constitution, each Bolivian department has an elected Departmental Legislative Assembly. The first elections were held 4 April 2010.
|Alonso de Ibáñez||Sacaca||2.170||29.821||1|
|Charcas||San Pedro de Buena Vista||2,964||41,214||3|
|Enrique Baldivieso||San Agustín||2,254||1,684||15|
|José María Linares||Puna||5,136||49,619||8|
|Nor Lípez||Colcha K||20,892||14,057||14|
|Sud Lípez||San Pablo de Lípez||22,355||6,835||16|
|Native and Spanish||301,280||2,739,407|
|Spanish and foreign||136,980||4,115,751|