Elections in Bolivia: “It will be my government”, Luis Arce marks distances with Evo Morales

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“If you want to help us, you will be very welcome, but it does not mean that you will be in government,” he said in an interview with the BBC.

The virtual winner of the presidential elections in Bolivia, Luis Arce, tried this Tuesday to mark a distance with his political mentor, Evo Morales. “If you want to help us, you will be very welcome, but it does not mean that you will be in government. It will be my government“, has underlined.

In the absence of confirmation of the official results, the first projections suggest that Arce will return political power to the Movement for Socialism (MAS), a year after Morales had to resign for the doubts about transparency of the elections.

The former Minister of the Economy stressed in an interview with the British BBC network that Sunday’s elections show “very clearly” that the MAS is “majority” in Bolivia and that, therefore, in the 2019 elections “there was no fraud”, but rather the political right he hatched “a coup.”

Looking forward to his future mandate, however, he aspires to “build bridges “, Although precisely the first weeks may be marked by doubts about the possible return of Morales to Bolivia – he currently resides in Argentina – and by the role that he will play in the future, given that will not hold any political office His candidacy for senator was annulled.

Maple has refused to clarify when could come backr Morales to Bolivia, despite the fact that he himself promised to facilitate his return if he achieved the Presidency, and has defended instead a “renewal” within the MAS, in which the former president for now could only “help.” In this sense, he has left in the hands of the former president the role he could occupy in this new scenario.

At the policy level, Arce has promised to turn the page to the “neoliberal model” implemented in the last year, under the baton of the interim president, Jeanine Áñez.

Thus, he has promised to return to the model that is “more on the social side”, since he considers that the coronavirus pandemic has made it more evident “that the economy is not doing well.”

Arce, the architect of the economic policies in Morales’ last stage in power, has also defended the MAS’s ability to fight corruption, alleging that, unlike the current Executive, in the previous one those who committed an irregularity were accountable to the Justice.

According to the quick count, Arce prevailed in the first round with a comfortable 53 percent, against his rival Carlos Mesa, with 30.8%.

The official count progresses slowly and stumbling. It was supposed that this Tuesday the final result would be announced.

The recount process barely exceeded 50 percent on Tuesday, which did not prevent Arce from proclaiming his victory on Monday and the leader of the opposition, Carlos Mesa, from acknowledging his defeat.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia also announced on Tuesday the temporary suspension of the website in which the data of the vote count have been published in order to improve its capacity in the face of the excess of registered consultations.

Source: agencies

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