Another setback for Evo Morales in Bolivia: they ratify a ruling and he will not be a candidate for senator in October

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The former president’s candidacy had already been challenged by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal when he ran for senator.

The Departmental Court of Justice of La Paz on Monday disabled the candidacy for senator of former President Evo Morales for the general elections on October 18 in Bolivia, according to the state news agency ABI.

Judge Alfredo Jaimes resolved it this afternoon, when the session of the Second Constitutional Chamber of the Departmental Court of Justice of La Paz resumed, who analyzed the case, and tie the tie with his vote.

Thus, the court signed the resolution to disqualify him that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) had adopted last February, according to the state news agency ABI and the daily Los Tiempos and Página Siete.

Jaimes explained that having made an analysis of the evidence presented for the constitutional amparo action, “he resolved to sign the vote of his colleague Heriberto Pomier, from whom Judge René Delgado had dissented.

The Chamber session began last Tuesday and, after the tie between the votes of Pomier and Delgado, it went to the intermission until this Monday, which intensified political tensions in the country.

For this reason, Jaimes, who belongs to the Third Constitutional Chamber of the neighboring city of El Alto, was summoned as “deciding member”.

When resolving last February the disqualification of Morales, the president of the TSE, Salvador Romero, argued his decision that the former president does not meet the legal residency requirement in the country in the two years immediately prior to the elections.

Morales has lived in Argentina since last November, after he resigned from the Presidency after canceling the elections in which according to the official result he had been reelected, due to suspicions of fraud, and denounce that he was the victim of a coup.

That decision was appealed. However, with two votes against, the Justice rejected the authorization and the decision of the electoral body remains firm.

It is not the first judicial problem that Morales has, who had already been challenged by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal when he was nominated as a senator for the department of Cochabamba.

Since last November, Bolivia has been led by Jeanine Añez, interim president, who had to be appointed according to the Constitution for the preparation of the new elections, but who actually used her powers in a broad way. modifying the economic and international policy of the country.

The first proselytizing initiatives of the main parties and coalitions and their candidates for the presidency -the Movement to Socialism (MAS, Luis Arce), Citizen Community (CC, Carlos Mesa), Together with Jeanine Añez and We believe with Luis Fernando Camacho- were mostly virtual, with some car caravans in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where the restrictions for the prevention of the pandemic are less intense.

Coinciding with the beginning of the electoral campaign on Sunday, the Cies Mori institute conducted a telephone survey for Unitel that, based on the valid votes for the presidential elections (without blank ballots, null or without indication of candidate), assigns Arce (Mas) 37.3% of the votes, Mesa (CC) 24.2%, Añez (Juntos) 14.4% and Camacho (We believe) 12.4%.

For the electoral law a candidate wins in the first round with 50% of the votes, or at least 40% with a 10% advantage over the second.

The survey indicates that if Arce does not obtain the presidency immediately on October 18, in the November 29 vote he could lose to both Mesa and Añez.

On the other hand, the Catholic Church of Bolivia urged the political parties involved in the electoral campaign to “do not transform into war” your commitment to ensure victory.

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