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Morales proposes a ‘cocalero’ leader, a senator and two former ministers as presidential candidates of the MAS

December 17, 2019

The Government of Áñez insists that it should not enjoy the refuge because there are “well-founded reasons” that it has committed crimes against humanity


The former Bolivian president Evo Morales has proposed on Tuesday the 'cocalero' leader Andrónico Fernández, Senator Adriana Salvatierra and former ministers Diego Pary and Luis Arce as possible candidates for his political party, the Movement To Socialism (MAS), to the elections that the country plans to hold next year to settle the crisis unleashed by those of October 20.

Morales has cleared the mystery of the MAS candidates in an interview granted Monday night (local time) to Argentine television C5N, in his first statements from Argentina, where he arrived last week as a refugee.

Fernández, 30, has a similar profile to Morales. He is vice president of the Coordinator of the Six Federations of Cocaleros del Trópico, a trade union organization from which the former president emerged. In these days, he has been willing to take on the challenge, assuming that “self-criticism” must be done but willing to defend the “great successes” of recent years.

Salvatierra, 30, with Bolivian and Chilean ancestry, has been active in the MAS since the age of 16, although he did not make the leap to active politics until 2015, when he won a seat in the Senate. Last January, she was elected president of the upper house, a position that has given her a leading role in the current crisis. Salvatierra starred in a verbal confrontation with the guards of Congress when they prevented him from entering the first session after Morales resigned for resigning, something she denied.

Pary, 42, is perhaps the best known face of this little girl. This Quechua indigenous has exercised the diplomatic representation of the Morales Government since 2011, first as Bolivia's ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and then as Foreign Minister.

Arce offers, instead, a technical profile. Of 56 years, he has been the Minister of Economy of Morales practically throughout his stay at the Burned Palace, except for a parenthesis of a year and a half. From the international community he is pointed out as the architect of the economic miracle of Bolivia.


Morales, who resigned on November 10 after the OAS detected “irregularities” in the presidential elections of October 20, cannot repeat as a candidate for an agreement reached by the MAS and its opponents in Congress to resolve the political crisis

By way of compensation, MAS has appointed him as head of his election campaign. “We are going to see how to contribute to the campaign from here, if they do not allow me to enter” in Bolivia, Morales said, who has been “sure” that the Movement to Socialism will win the next elections.

However, he has warned about the possibility of irregularities in the new elections because “when the United States bites, it does not release.” “We are thinking that there are not only observers in the elections. I would like an electoral commission that, since the call, will follow up,” he asked.

In this regard, he has insisted on the idea that he is the victim of a “coup” orchestrated by those who are against his policy of nationalizing natural resources and his indigenous status. “It was not only a blow against the Indian, but against lithium,” he said in a press conference later, according to local press reports.


Questioned about his potential return to Bolivia in C5N, the indigenous leader has indicated that he can do it “at any time.” If I want, I can enter at any time, “he said.

Morales explained that, being a former president, he cannot be prosecuted as easily as another citizen, but “they have to make a judgment of responsibilities.” “They can't process me,” he said.

The Government of the self-proclaimed interim president, Jeanine Áñez, has denounced him in the Bolivian courts for terrorism and sedition crimes for ordering the siege to the main cities during protests in favor of and against Morales, and has threatened to do the same in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In this regard, the new Foreign Minister, Karen Longaric, has clarified that “the person for whom there are well-founded reasons to consider that he has committed a crime against humanity does not qualify for refuge,” citing the Shelter Convention. 1951

Upon his exile, Morales has confessed that when he arrived in Mexico, his first destination after fleeing Bolivia, he was “sad and broken” because “he could not understand what had happened.” “But now I arrive in Argentina strong, convinced that the political, ideological, cultural and social struggle continues,” he said.