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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:54 PM

Bolivia has been promised elections. But will they be fair?

Linda Farthing
There is little faith – especially among indigenous Bolivians – in the elections called by interim president Jeanine Áñez

Mon 2 Dec 2019 10.36 ESTLast modified on Mon 2 Dec 2019 15.33 EST

As the dust begins to settle following weeks of upheaval in Bolivia, fresh elections are being promised in the new year by the self-appointed interim president, Jeanine Áñez. They offer a glimmer of hope for the restoration of the country’s badly battered democracy – but only if they are free and fair. Meanwhile, her possible successors are beginning to jockey for position. Carlos Mesa, Evo Morales’ chief rival in the 20 October elections, has announced he is running, while Morales’ party Movement for Socialism (Mas) has said it will put forward “young candidates” in the place of the former president.

Mesa’s opposition on the right will be an upstart contender who only burst on to Bolivia’s national scene in the past month. Luis Camacho is the president of the powerful civic organisation in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s “economic powerhouse”. He emerged as a key player in the deposition of Morales and the subsequent installation of Áñez.

Camacho is an ardent Roman Catholic conservative who openly bribed the police to mutiny against the Morales government, with promises of increased retirement pay. In doing so, he pushed aside both Mesa and the Organization of American States, which urged a democratic transition that would have allowed Morales to complete his term. Instead, Camacho and his followers forced Morales’ immediate resignation.

Widespread protests rocked the country for 10 days after Áñez’s takeover. Several cities faced shortages of food and gas because of the many roadblocks. “We think her government will bring back the racism we suffered in the past,” said an indigenous demonstrator who didn’t want his name used. “We denounce the coup she has carried out without any authority whatsoever.”


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Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:42 AM

1. Fascists/Oligarchs don't hold fair elections

They in effect clean house and settle in, throwing in necessary ballot measures amending constitutions giving the authoritarians power to permanently take over as royalty for good measure. I am sure the US government will officially prefer the new election over the previous, even if it is the only organization to certify or accept the new one. I hate this.

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