Election Cancellation Demanded: Strong Resistance to President Morales

              Monday, October 28, 2019

In Bolivia, the street protests are piling up against the government.
(Photo: imago images / Agencia EFE)

              Just barely escapes Bolivia's President Morales a runoff. But allegations of electoral manipulation do not stop in the South American country. In the capital is called to street protests. Morales, on the other hand, sees in the demonstrations the preparation of a coup d'état.
              A week after the presidential election in Bolivia and the controversial victory of incumbent Evo Morales, massive opposition is forming in the ranks of the opposition. A broad coalition of representatives of several middle and right-wing parties, as well as civil society, called for the cancellation of the October 20 election on Sunday. The group called the Democracy Defense Committee also called for the establishment of a new supreme electoral tribunal to organize impartial elections. The leader of the group, Waldo Albarracín, said in La Paz that the government's electoral fraud had a runoff vote between leftist incumbent Morales and his conservative challenger Carlos Mesa prevents. He called for more street protests against the government. "This week, the future of democracy is deciding," said Albarracín. From Monday on, La Paz will join the general strike, which is being held in protest against the election results in the cities of Santa Cruz, Potosi and Sucre. A few hours earlier, Morales had stated that Bolivia was preparing a coup d'état for the coming week. He ruled out further negotiations on the election result. On Friday, the Supreme Electoral Court of the South American country had already confirmed the victory of Morales in the first round of the presidential election. The incumbent thus came to 47.1 percent of the vote, Mesa to 36.5 percent. Morales, a former Kokabauer and the first indigenous leader of Bolivia, has so far won all presidential elections in the first round. His candidacy for a fourth term was highly controversial. Bolivia's constitution would not have allowed a further candidacy of the president in office since 2006, but the constitutional court granted Morales the right to a further term in 2017.

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