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Morales suspends the election campaign to focus on fires for a week

August 25, 2019

LA PAZ, Aug 25 (Reuters / EP) –

President Evo Morales said on Sunday that Bolivia is open to receiving international aid to combat forest fires that continue in the east of the country after announcing the temporary suspension of the election campaign for re-election, less than two months after the elections general

On Saturday night, the authorities in the region threatened by fire asked the Government to accept the help offered by neighboring countries, an option that Morales had rejected earlier this week.

“Through the media I informed myself that Argentina wants to cooperate, totally open. Nobody is prohibiting voluntary, spontaneous cooperation, even if I don't communicate with President (Mauricio) Macri,” Morales said.

“I have also just informed myself that the President of Peru (Martín Vizcarra) is willing to cooperate. I have given the Ministry of Defense and the Foreign Ministry a task to which extent they can cooperate to put out these fires that continue to appear in the (zone of) Chiquitanía. ”

At the moment Bolivia fights fire with the support of more than 2,000 people and small aircraft, also hired the 'Supertanker' tanker that began operating on Saturday.

“The incursion of the 'Supertanker' I believe has been very successful. It has been a surgical intervention, we have seen that the plane has managed to discharge with admirable feat the water between a plateau,” wrote the Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramón Quintana in his twitter account.

At a press conference from the Tropic of Cochabamba, Morales also announced that the official Socialist Movement Movement (MAS) will suspend his electoral proselytizing activities.

“We are going to suspend the electoral campaign for at least one week and we all dedicate ourselves to take care of the entire Chiquitanía, the Bolivian Amazon,” he said.

At least one million hectares of forest and grassland are affected by fires in the lowlands of eastern Bolivia, up to the previous figure of 744,711 hectares on Thursday.

The political rivals of the leftist leader have questioned the slow reaction of the Government, in addition to the approval of regulations that favor settlements in forested areas, deforestation and “chaqueos”, burning of land for the preparation of planting and crops.

For its part, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) has stated in a statement “its willingness and willingness to consider an emergency line to have a fast financing line in favor of Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay to contribute to the protection of the population and biodiversity, as well as the recovery of the affected areas. ”

“I wish to express our solidarity with the peoples of Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay in the face of the victims and serious damage to biodiversity by animals, forests, crops and grasslands affected by fires,” said the CAF Executive President in the same note. , Luis Carranza.

Six states in the Amazon region of Brazil requested military aid on Saturday to fight fires that are consuming the rainforest and have motivated the international clamor due to the central role that the Amazon plays in the fight against global warming.