The Morales party starts a dialogue with the interim government of Bolivia to call elections

Eva Copa Murga, del MAS, en el momento de su elección como presidenta del Senado

Eva Copa Murga, of MAS, at the time of her election as president of the Senate – REUTERS / MARCO BELLO

The MAS asks that its leaders not be persecuted and that Morales's return be allowed


The Government led by the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, and the Evo Morales party, Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), have initiated a dialogue to pacify the country and call new elections, local newspaper 'Página Siete' reported.

The Morales party starts a dialogue with the interim government of Bolivia to call elections
The Morales party starts a dialogue with the interim government of Bolivia to call elections

This dialogue process takes place under the auspices of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference and with the support of the European Union, Spain and the UN, according to the local newspaper, which highlights that “approaches” take place since Wednesday.

Diplomatic sources have indicated that important MAS parliamentarians participate in the dialogue table. The Minister of the Presidency, Xerxes Justiniano, has confirmed that there are talks with MAS assembly members. “We are at a dialogue table. We are talking. We believe it is possible to pacify the country,” said Justinian.

The Bolivian Presidency Minister has said that the MAS has placed three conditions for dialogue: a law so that there is no political persecution of its supporters, except for its leaders and that former President Evo Morales “return to the country”.

“If you want a law that guarantees that there is no political persecution, we have no problem,” he said, before stating that one thing is political persecution and another is judicial persecution. On the second condition, that of the safe-conducts, he replied that it seems “perfect.”

Justinian has also said that he has no problem returning and that “he is one more citizen.” “He is the former president,” he added, before regretting the “incendiary” statements of the former president. Diplomatic sources have explained that the UN mediator, Jean Arnault, will join the initiative for dialogue between the Government and the MAS, sponsored by the European Union, Spain, and the Catholic Church.

According to 'Página Siete', the bet of the Bolivian Executive is that the solution to the crisis be given through the call for elections and the renewal of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, both agreed with MAS legislators. If Morales's party were not willing to agree, the Government would study the possibility of relying on jurisprudence and resorting to decrees.

On Thursday morning, the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, made it clear that Morales “is not qualified for a fourth term”, which is why he justified that he cannot appear in the next elections. The provisional president said, however, that the MAS “has the right to participate” in the next elections.

The presidential candidate of the opposition party Comunidad Ciudadana, Carlos Mesa, has ratified his support for the transitional president, who has said he is leading “a process of historical transition.” Mesa has said that his support for Añez does not mean that the front he leads participates in the Executive.

Mesa has made it clear that his training will participate in the next elections after being affected by a “blatant robbery” in the presidential elections. “Electoral fraud is a crime that is contemplated in the electoral law. Mr. Morales is the author of a serious crime that is subject to a criminal sanction and fraud has been committed against the country, but in particular against me, against CC” , he pointed out.

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