The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell urged the interim government of Bolivia, led by Jeanine Añez, and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) of former President Evo Morales to put their differences aside and arrange a date to celebrate the general Elections.
In recent days, the country has seen major turmoil over the conflict between the executive and MAS over electoral nominations. The elections were initially scheduled for May but postponed to September 6th due to the coronavirus pandemic and now the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) has ruled them for October 18th.
“It is vital that the political dialogue continues in a peaceful manner and in a spirit of engagement and solidarity in order to establish an institutional framework and respect democratic principles and fundamental freedoms,” the High Representative said in a statement.
Borrell has insisted that a constructive and consensual approach is “essential” to achieving national reconciliation amid the difficult political situation in the country. In his opinion, the election question will also serve to address the crisis caused by the coronavirus.