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Evo Morales, elected MAS campaign manager for general elections in Bolivia

December 7, 2019
Evo Morales

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The former Bolivian president Evo Morales has been elected by his party, the Movement To Socialism (MAS) as campaign leader with a view to the presidential and legislative elections that will be held in the coming months and that will restore the constitutional order after his abrupt resignation with the Army pressure and self-proclamation by Jeanine Áñez as president.

Evo Morales, elected MAS campaign manager for general elections in Bolivia
Evo Morales, elected MAS campaign manager for general elections in Bolivia

“I appreciate the confidence in appointing me as campaign manager. We will elect a unitary candidate and again we will win the elections in the first round. Thank you for not abandoning me, I will always be with you. Together we will continue to make history as we will win today!” Morales through his Twitter account.

The extended MAS congress held in Cochabamba has agreed to entrust Morales with the coordination of the campaign and he has defended from Cuba, where he is for medical reasons, the election of a unitary candidate.

The proposal has started from the leader of the MAS in Cochabamba, Rímer Ágreda, and had the immediate support of the leaders and militants of the so-called Bartolina Sisa Unit Pact, composed of peasants, intercultural, miners and peasant women.

“The national elections are coming to us and we must give punishment to these servants of the empire, but we must also determine sanctions against those leaders and assembly members who betrayed the MAS and sanction the Conamaq that was simply an employment agency,” said Ágreda, according to collects the Bolivian station Erbol.

Ágreda has denounced that Morales was the victim of a coup d'etat and has warned that the police and military officers who massacred and killed the Bolivian people will not be forgiven.

The leader of the Federation of Miners, Orlando Gutierrez, has proposed to institute trials against the leaders of civic committees for encouraging discrimination, racism, murder and coup d'etat. Thus, Gutierrez has proposed that the deputies of the MAS in the chambers of senators and deputies question the government and defense ministers for the 34 dead people and apply sanctions using the majority that still remains in the Assembly.

For Gutierrez, it is time for the MAS to demonstrate that “it is not made up of a flock that does not think, but knows about criticism and self-criticism to face the new elections and return to power.”

The militants also requested the restructuring of the cadre of leaders at the national and departmental level because the level of internal coordination was broken and the party's leadership became vertical. This fact would have affected the Morales Government and the unity of the party.

Morales resigned on November 10 in the midst of a wave of protests after the Organization of American States (OAS) noted “irregularities” in the presidential elections on October 20 in which he obtained his re-election. After her resignation, Senator Jeanine Áñez declared herself president.

The party of Morales, the MAS, and the other political formations reached an agreement in the Legislative Assembly to hold new elections, which could take place in mid-March, and thus resolve the crisis. The text expressly vetoes the former president and his vice president, Álvaro García Linera.

More than 30 people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of clashes between Morales supporters with security forces and other sectors. In recent weeks the situation has calmed down, although there are still protests.

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