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The leader of the Civic Committee of Potosí does not rule out running for Bolivia’s elections with Camacho

December 1, 2019

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The leader of the Civic Committee of Potosí, Marco Antonio Pumari, does not rule out running for the Bolivian elections alongside the president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, Luis Fernando Camacho, who has already resigned from his position to pursue this objective.

“We are going to do the right thing. If the right thing is to assume that responsibility, yes, we are going to be candidates, but if the right thing is that I decline to this situation for the good of Bolivia, we will do it too,” he said Saturday Pumari in an interview with 'The Duty'.

In this regard, he has mentioned that the possibility of running for elections as fellow candidates has been raised. “In a moment they are even joking, we think about it, but we have been able to talk from the request of some organizations, which told us that we are that renewal of politics, that we are the fundamental actors that can transform Bolivia”, specified

“We are not going to deny it, we have thought about it, there is the possibility of making that decision,” Pumari has settled, while ensuring that a better person than Camacho “could not find” to make the leap to politics.

He also stressed that the decision to start a political career is a “patriotic decision” and has indicated that it is necessary to analyze the situation in which Bolivia lives. “A social crisis that is latent and an economic crisis that lies ahead,” he clarified.

On the other hand, Pumari also denied on Saturday an approach with opposition leader Carlos Mesa, the main competitor of the former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, in the elections of October 20 that led to the political crisis in which the country is immersed and the resignation of the president. Mesa has already confirmed that it will repeat in the future elections of Bolivia.

“That is totally false, I have not sat down with Mr. Mesa,” Pumari has rejected on a visit to Santa Cruz, according to the Bolivian news agency ABI.

“For me, loyalty is the first thing that must prevail to build a new country, we hope to be on the same line because the hope that has been given between the West and the East has also been the unification,” he added.

However, the civic leader has highlighted the importance that Mesa had in the events that led to Morales's resignation, but has valued that he should no longer present himself as a candidate for the presidency.

“He must take responsibility for the country that has requested renewal in all areas. For me, Carlos Mesa has another role to fulfill with the country, to represent us properly at the international level,” he said. “He is grateful, but it is time to listen to the people who are asking for renewal,” Pumari has said.


For his part, Camacho remains waiting for Pumari to confirm his candidacy as vice president of the elections, as he said this Saturday in another interview with 'The Duty'.

“(Pumari and I) confirmed on Monday in Potosí that I was going to the presidency and he to the vice presidency,” said the civic leader, who stressed that “he is fully entitled to decide if he wants to go to the Vice Presidency or not. ”

“What was confirmed on Monday was what led me to immediately submit my resignation to the committee. We could not mix civility with politics,” he continued.

Camacho announced on Friday his resignation as president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee to run for the elections in Bolivia.

“To preside over this institution is a lifelong dream … and I yearned to have this opportunity, but I have to abandon it for another dream, another even stronger yearning: to be president of the Republic of Bolivia,” Camacho said in a statement that has spread through your Twitter account.

“The consolidation of our democracy is not achieved, we have a transitional government with very important tasks such as pacifying the country and providing the conditions for new elections with a Supreme Electoral Tribunal of suitable people who give certainty, transparency and credibility,” he added .

As for the eventual joint candidacy between Camacho and Pumari, the proposal was launched by the former presidential candidate for the Civic Solidarity Unit, Víctor Hugo Cárdenas, who urged all opponents of former president Evo Morales to give up their aspirations to make way for a candidacy only.

Cárdenas told Camacho and the leader of the Potosí Civic Committee, Marco Antonio Pumari, as candidates for president and vice president, respectively.

“If the country demands the duo, we will have to sit down with the opposition sectors” to make a decision and, “if it is not the best for Bolivia, then we will not do it,” Camacho replied in a press conference.

The presidential candidacy of Camacho would involve displacing former president and former vice president Carlos Mesa, who competed in the last elections and won the support of the other opposition candidates by being the second most voted, behind Morales, according to official results.

However, as the possibility of celebrating a second round between Morales and Mesa vanished and, with Jeanine Áñez's self-proclamation as interim president, the former presidential candidate has been displaced.


The political crisis in Bolivia broke out after the presidential elections of October 20, in which the now former president Evo Morales proclaimed his victory but the opposition denounced a “gigantic fraud.” The Organization of American States (OAS) audited the electoral process in which it found “irregularities.”

Morales resigned on November 10 and fled to Mexico. Jeanine Áñez, second vice president of the Senate, proclaimed herself interim president to fill the power vacuum left by the former president and the resignation of other senior officials.

Neither Morales nor his followers recognize Áñez because they believe that his stay at the Burned Palace is the result of a “coup d'etat”.

Áñez enacted on Sunday the Law of Exceptional and Transitional Regime for the conduct of the elections, a rule that provides that neither Morales nor his former vice president, García Linera, may be candidates.