translated from Spanish: Bolivia: Evo Morales called for “greater unity” ahead of election

The former President of the Republic and the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, today called on workers, middle classes and entrepreneurs to support the Movement to Socialism (MAS) in the face of the “attempt at unity on the right” which, according to his vision, pursues the decision of the de facto representative, Jeanine Añez, not to stand in the next elections.” Faced with the attempt at unity on the right, authors of 20 years of neoliberalism, we convened a greater unity of the working class, middle class and entrepreneurs with the only political movement with a country vision and management experience that guarantees the exit to the economic crisis,” the former representative published from his social networks. The message takes place following the decision of the de facto president, Jeanine Añez, who lowered her candidacy for the general election on 18 October. 

The truth is that prior to the dissemination of this message there were intense negotiations with the Citizen Community, the force that nominates Carlos Mesa to the presidency who marches second in the vote-intention polls, in order to interleave nominations in exchange for this support. “As we had warned, Añez renounced his failed candidacy with a double betrayal of his militants and candidates. It’s been a long time since I was determined, it was only necessary to negotiate her impunity,” Evo wrote. In this sense he noted that “it is clear that the price of his new alliance is impunity for scandalous cases of corruption in the midst of the pandemic, for the genocide of Senkata and Sacaba, and for the economicity to which he has subjected the country.” At the beginning of this week the group “Your Vote Account” published the survey with the largest sample among both urban and rural populations so far, and the result was a first-round victory for the MAS candidate. The former Minister of Economy of Morales, Luis Arce Catacora, first stood with a voting intention of 40.3% and, second, former President Carlos Mesa, with 26.2%. In other words, the Masista candidate would exceed the 40% threshold with a difference of 10 percentage points with the second, as required by law. The case of Añez
“If we don’t join, Morales returns,” He said yesterday, “as he based his decision to withdraw his candidacy.” Today I leave aside my candidacy for the Presidency of Bolivia to take care of democracy. It is not a sacrifice, it is an honor,” said Añez, who was a candidate of Together, 31 days after the October 18 election, in an engraved message.

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