The former Minister of Economy of Bolivia Luis Arce – EUROPA PRESS – Archive
The MAS aims to regain the Presidency with two candidates with pull in the countryside and cities
MADRID, Jan. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The former president of Bolivia Evo Morales has announced that Luis Arce Catacora will be the candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) in the May 3 presidential elections in Bolivia. They are the ministers who spent the longest time in the governments of Evo Morales.
Morales, head of the MAS campaign, explained at a press conference that Arce will attend with David Choquehuanca as a candidate for the vice presidency. Both have been chosen by Morales himself, meeting this Sunday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with leaders of related social movements, reports the Bolivian press.
“The candidate for president is fellow Luis Arce Catacora and vice president is brother David Choquehuanca,” said Morales, who has regretted having “sacrificed” Andrónico Rodríguez, a young cocalero leader, in favor of the political project and despite the fact that he was the First in the polls.
Morales has stressed that Arce guarantees the growth of the national economy and Choquehuanca the unity of the indigenous peasant indigenous movement, maintaining the policy of even countryside-city.
Subsequently, Morales himself has published two messages on Twitter: “After two days of intense debate with leaders of the MAS-IPSP and the Pact of Unity, the unity formula with which we will win the elections on May 3 was chosen: President: Luis Arce Catacora, and Vice President; David Choquehuanca. Until victory always! ”
In the second Evo Morales stresses that the Arce-Choquehuanca formula “is a combination of scientific knowledge and ancient millenary knowledge, the unity of the countryside and the city, the body and the soul. We have a political project of liberation that has shown that another Bolivia is possible. ”
Arce Catacora was one of the prominent ministers of the governments of Evo Morales. Born in La Paz on September 28, 1963, he graduated as a graduate in economics from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) and obtained a Master in Economic Sciences (MSc in Economics) from the University of Warwick.
He was appointed finance minister in 2006, during the first Morales government. In 2009 he was appointed Minister of Economy and Public Finance.
In June 2017, he had to leave the position provisionally and recovered it 18 months later. His last management at the head of this ministry was from January to December of the year 2019.
Choquehuanca was also born in La Paz on May 7, 1961. He is an Aymara politician who was important during Morales' years of government, since for eleven years (2006-2017) he was Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Before the government of MAS Choquehuanca he was a well-known union leader and noted for his support to the organizations of the peasant movement, especially to the Single Trade Union Confederation of Peasants of Bolivia (CSUTCB).