Evo Morales denounced that the interim government will make a “coup or fraud” after the elections in Bolivia

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The former president affirmed from Argentina that the Executive of Jeanine Añez will try to prevent the triumph of Luis Arce, of the MAS.

The former president of Bolivia Evo Morales denounced this Wednesday that the interim government of Jeanine Áñez is seeking to prevent the victory of the MAS candidate, Luis Arce, in the presidential elections of October 18 and that for this there will be “a coup or fraud.”

“They know that we are going to win the elections and the opposition will seek to prevent Arce’s victory by coup or fraud,” Morales said in a virtual meeting with the press in Buenos Aires, where he has been in refuge since December.

“If we win by little they will ignore the results and the only way to avoid it is to win widely,” warned the former president.

Arce, from the Movement for Socialism of Morales, arrives at the elections as favorite in all the polls, but still without a majority to win in the first round and thus avoid the ballot.

Suspended three times due to the coronavirus pandemic, these elections replace those of October 2019, canceled by allegations of fraud that led to protests and the resignation of Morales, forced by pressure from the Army, in a maneuver that the coca grower leader described as ” coup”.

The elections will have a first round on October 18 and in the event that no candidate exceeds 50% of the votes or an advantage greater than 10 points over the second, a second round will be held on November 29.

Arce, Morales’ former Minister of Economy, leads the voting intention polls of the Jubileo Catholic Foundation with 29.2%, followed by former center president Carlos Mesa (19%) and right-wing regional civil leader Luis Fernando Camacho (10.4%).

This advantage “is without counting on the vote from abroad,” Morales remarked, recalling that 171,000 Bolivians are registered in Argentina.

“They are 2% of the national census. You are going to decide the future of Bolivia,” said the first president of indigenous origin in the history of Bolivia, who was in office between 2006 and 2019.

Morales expressed concerns about the transparency of the electoral process and in this sense he assured that “members of embassies and consulates are going to sabotage because they know that here (abroad) we wipe out 80% or 90%”.

Regarding the voting in Bolivia, he affirmed that “the work of the veedores will be very important,” to guarantee transparency and “avoid fraud or coups.”

“Our task is to take care of the vote and defend it. I feel that it will not be easy, much will depend on the international community and the strength of the social movements in Bolivia,” he remarked.

In that sense, he pointed out that on Monday he was in contact with former foreign ministers, former ministers and former presidents of the region “to guarantee their presence” in the elections. But he did not elaborate.

He added that he hopes Argentine human rights leader Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner, “can accompany.”

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union (EU) will send observers to Bolivia, which is experiencing a wave of political violence aggravated by the serious consequences of infections and deaths derived from the global scourge.

The Office in La Paz of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights registered 27 “reprehensible acts of violence” by civil groups in the last month.

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