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Progress in the negotiations between the Government of Áñez and the MAS for the call for elections

November 22, 2019
Partidarios de Morales marchan por La Paz con el féretro de uno de los fallecidos en Senkata

Morales supporters march through La Paz with the coffin of one of the dead in Senkata – Marcelo Perez del Carpio / dpa

Áñez asks that they let her govern and calls to lift the blockade on La Paz


Negotiations between the Government of the interim president Jeanine Áñez and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) with a view to agreeing to call for new elections in the country after the resignation of President Evo Morales are moving forward and are expected to culminate in an agreement that the Legislative Assembly would endorse during the weekend.

Progress in the negotiations between the Government of Áñez and the MAS for the call for elections
Progress in the negotiations between the Government of Áñez and the MAS for the call for elections

As reported by the local press, during the day on Thursday some progress was made but there are still friction points, mainly in relation to who may be candidates and the formation of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). At the moment, there is agreement that the members of the electoral body must be dismissed.

The president of the Constitution Committee of the Senate, Óscar Ortiz, a member of the opposition unit Democratic Unit, told the end of the last session on Thursday that “progress has been made on two points where there was a difference: sanitation to the register electoral and cease all the vowels (of the TSE) to choose the new “.

However, it remains to be resolved for how long the new members of the TSE will serve. The proposal of the Government of the president in charge, Jeanine Áñez, is that they fulfill the six-year mandate contemplated in the Constitution, while the MAS want them to only be responsible for organizing the elections planned in 2020.

The second point under discussion is who may stand for the next elections. From the Morales party – which has already ensured that neither the former president nor his vice president Álvaro García Linera will attend – they maintain that only the parties and alliances that did so in the elections of October 20 participate, while the new Executive is committed to Let the door open to new alliances and candidates.

MAS Senator Milton Barón has confirmed the agreement regarding the sanitation of the register, given the impossibility of conducting a new census because of the need to hold elections as soon as possible. “On the participation of new candidates and alliances we are in internal debate and we are going to find the best roads for the benefit of the country,” he said, according to 'La Razón'.

For his part, Áñez has expressed on Friday his desire that during the day he can reach an agreement for the call for elections, although he added that if this does not happen there are alternatives to ensure that there are elections in a short period of time. The interim president has already said on several occasions that she is willing to call the new elections by decree.

“What we all Bolivians hope is that it is consensus, that it is fast, because that is a national demand. We have put all our effort to move forward and to comply with what Bolivians ask us,” he told reporters , according to the official agency ABI.

“I hope that in the course of the day, if possible, there will be a consensus so that at once we accelerate the deadlines” and “we know at once when we are going to call elections,” he added. “That is the urgent thing for us,” he stressed.


Likewise, according to Red Erbol, he has asked to be ruled for the “short” time it takes to be in charge of the country, demanding that the siege be lifted to La Paz. “It is possible to punish the city of La Paz with a fence that, from every point of view, is unnecessary. Let us rule for this time that will be short,” he said.

The interim president has acknowledged that her first ten days in office, which she assumed as the new president of the Senate after the resignation of Morales and those who were called by the Constitution to succeed him, have been “very difficult”.

He has also lamented the shortage of fuel in the capital “because they do not allow the passage of hydrocarbons and it is hurting us all”. In this regard, he has invited those who maintain the blockade of the YPFB Senkata plant in El Alto to allow for the passage of fuel, because “the need is widespread in the city of La Paz”.


In another order of things, the vice president of the MAS, Gerardo García, was arrested this Thursday afternoon in the capital when he was driving in a vehicle without license plates and belonging to a Ministry, inside which he found various computer equipment.

“It was driving without license plates, neither front nor rear. When the vehicle was intercepted, the driver also did not carry a driver's license,” said Deputy Director of the Special Crime Fight Force (FELCC), Cristian Saavedra.

In the vehicle were found several computers and a folder with documents with the logo of the Ministry of Rural Development and also documents with the insignia of the Electoral Body, as reported by the newspaper 'Page Seven'.

Given this circumstance, it was suspected that an illegal activity was being carried out and his arrest proceeded, according to Saavedra, who has clarified that initially the leader of the MAS is suspected of misuse of state property and sedition.

“We are waiting for the review by the Public Ministry and laboratory to analyze the CPUs, the documentation that exists and the measures that will be taken,” said the head of the FEELC.

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