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Morales advances his response to the opposition’s letter: “I will not give up”

November 8, 2019

MADRID, Nov. 8 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has advanced this Friday the response he will give to the head of the Civic Committee of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camacho, who has traveled to La Paz to deliver a letter to the president in which he asks for his resignation for the alleged fraud in the recent elections. “I will not give up,” he said.

Morales has criticized the opposition, that “now they don't want fraud, not even a second round, not even other elections,” they just look for “Evo to leave.” “Surely they dream that we leave because it is not about Evo, it is about this town, and this town is not going to leave the government,” he said.

Thus, it has influenced the idea that protests against the Government are driven by “groups that have a lot of money and do not affect them”, denouncing that, instead, “they are affecting poor brothers (…) who eat from work of the day. ”

In addition, he has argued that if he is removed from office “it is a coup d'etat” because the Bolivians have chosen him for a fourth term. “The right says: 'Evo has to resign.' I want to tell you, all of Bolivia and the world that I am not going to resign. We are elected by the people and we respect the Constitution,” he defended.

Camacho, who has emerged as an opposition leader in the framework of the current political crisis, arrived in La Paz on Wednesday to deliver Morales the letter, after a first failed attempt on Tuesday, when official protesters encircled him at the El International Airport Stop forcing him to return to Santa Cruz.

In the last hours, he has clarified that on Monday he will go to the Government Palace to personally deliver the letter. “And we will not move until it is accepted and the president resigns,” he said, in statements collected by the Bolivian press.

Camacho said that he will go to the Burned Palace in a “single, total, definitive and categorical action” accompanied by different opposition sectors. Thus, at a meeting held on Thursday in La Paz, it was agreed that the rest of the civic committees and the National Committee for the Defense of Democracy (CONADE) will move their mobilizations to the capital.

The Minister of Rural Development and Lands, César Cocarico, has reproached Camacho on Friday that he delays the delivery of the letter waiting for “armed sectors” of the opposition to arrive in La Paz. “What happens is that they are calling … because they want to convulse the country,” he denounced.

The minister has accused the opposition of seeking “more or less to have a 1946 scenario,” when the then president, Gualberto Villarroel, was killed in a popular revolt, according to the official news agency ABI.

In this context, Morales has also appealed to his bases urging them to “defend the process of change and the democratic revolution.” “We are in a state of emergency,” he proclaimed.

The protests in Bolivia broke out the same night of the presidential elections held on October 20 due to the sudden suspension of the transmission of official results just when they forced a second round between Morales and the opposition candidate Carlos Mesa.

When he resumed, almost 24 hours later, they granted Morales the first round victory, so Mesa has denounced a “gigantic fraud.” Both called for the mobilization of their own, which has resulted in riots. At least three people have died and more than 190 have been arrested in these two weeks.

In this context, Morales has agreed that the OAS, supported by countries such as Spain, Mexico or Peru, conduct a binding electoral audit. Mesa, on the other hand, does not accept it because it says it is the result of a unilateral agreement between the Government and the hemispheric bloc without regard to the opposition.