La Paz, 21 Nov 2020 (AFP) – Former Bolivian President Evo Morales called on his party, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), to convincingly win the regional elections of March 2021, in order to “shield” the government President Luis Arce.
“We have to win seven [dos nove] governments (e), with that social strength, at least 300 (out of 342) prefectures. It is the best armor to defend our process and support comrade ‘Lucho’ [Luis Arce]”said Morales in a speech during a party meeting published on his page on Facebook.
The MAS event in the city of Cochabamba (center), where Morales and Arce met for the first time after the latter took office, served to define how to face the elections for governors, mayors, regional assemblies and councilors, scheduled for March 7 of the next year.
The former president, who resigned in November 2019 due to strong social tension due to allegations of fraud in the elections in which he was seeking re-election, resumed the presidency of MAS this week and now mobilizes the party to obtain the majority of regional governments to give Arce greater political support.
MAS currently controls six of the nine provinces. “We have an obligation [de discutir] how to care for President Lucho, “said Morales.
The ex-president usually describes his departure from power after almost 14 years as a “coup” on the right and considers that Arce is not on the margins of an alleged anti-democratic boycott organized by his opponents.
In a brief speech, the newly elected president highlighted his victory with 55% of the votes in the general elections of October 18th.
“We are the majority,” Arce told several hundred participants at the party meeting, who responded by shouting in unison: “we are the majority, we are the majority!”
“We listened and analyzed the proposals of the social organizations. With your contribution, we will continue to deepen the process of change for the good of the Bolivian people,” continued Arce later in his Twitter account.
MAS militants reiterated the demand that Morales government officials not return to the government, shouting “we want new people”.
The current vice president, David Choquehuanca, admitted a few days ago that party militants complained that some ministers mistreated them, without mentioning names.
Morales assured that, during the party meeting, it was decided that candidates for governors and mayors will be chosen by the base and by consensus.