Bolivian court rejects the candidacy of Evo Morales to the Senate

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A Bolivian court specialized in constitutional issues rejected the former president’s request Evo Morales to allow his candidacy for the Senate, which had already been disqualified by the electoral body.

The resolution of Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia that disqualified the candidacy of Evo Morales to the Upper House, was validated by the Second Constitutional Chamber of La Paz with two votes in favor and one against, lawyer Jorge Tamayo told the media.

Voting

The vote had been tied last week, when one of the members supported granting Morales the requested guardianship to qualify as a candidate for the first Senator for the Cochabamba region for his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), and a second member rejected it.

In the session installed on this day, a third settling member “has voted to deny the guardianship of Evo Morales,” Tamayo said.

“This resolution is of immediate fulfillment, but it is going to be reviewed by the Constitutional Court,” clarified the lawyer, who participated in the session on behalf of Senator Carmen Eva Gonzales, of the Democratic Unit force, who was the one who requested in writing to the TSE disable candidacy of Morales.

Pending accounts

The legal representatives of the former president presented a constitutional protection action before a previous determination of the electoral body, which last February determined to disqualify Morales for not complying with the requirement of residing in the country indicated in the Constitution, but that his lawyers believe violates their political rights.

The ex-president has opened against him several criminal proceedings for alleged crimes such as genocide, terrorism, electoral fraud and rape, for which the Prosecutor’s Office issued several arrest warrants against Morales, who is in Argentina.

The defense arguments

The MAS alleges that the former governor has maintained his polling place and has his legal address in a town in Cochabamba, but he cannot be in the country because he does not have “no constitutional guarantees.”

Bolivian laws indicate that Morales must have lived for at least two years before in the constituency for which he appears, in his case Cochabamba. The presidential residence It is located in La Paz, the seat of the Bolivian Government and Legislature.

Morales, who was president of Bolivia Between 2006 and 2019, he always voted in a region of the Cochabamba tropics, where he began his political career as a deputy in 1997, but since November 2019 he has been outside the country.

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