He announced it on the networks. He said that he does so “at the risk that the vote is divided” and the MAS wins.
The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, surprisingly announced that resigns his candidacy for the next elections of October 18, assuring that it does so to avoid the victory of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) of former president Evo Morales before the “division of the democratic vote.”
“I put aside my candidacy for the Presidency of Bolivia to take care of democracy. It is not a sacrifice, it is an honor, because I do it at the risk that the democratic vote will be divided among several candidates and as a consequence, the MAS ends up winning” Áñez explained in a video broadcast on their social networks.
“What is at stake is no small thing; it is democracy in Bolivia … It is not a sacrifice, it is an honor. I do it to help victory for those of us who do not want the dictatorship to return ‘‘he added.
“I ask Bolivians throughout the country to support unity. I will continue in my functions as president taking care of all Bolivians until the installation of an elected government, “he said.
Shortly after, he called on the candidates ‘unit – without specifying which candidate he will support – to defeat the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Morales’ party, who resigned from power in 2019 after elections classified as fraudulent.
Known the video was Morales himself who also expressed himself through social networks and spoke of betrayal by the president for all his militants and candidates.
“Áñez resigned his failed candidacy with a double betrayal of his militants and candidates. It had been decided for a long time, it only needed to negotiate its impunity. “
In a series of messages the former president added: “It is clear that the price of their new alliance is impunity for the scandalous cases of corruption in the midst of the pandemic, for the genocide of Senkata and Sacaba and for the economicide to which he has subjected the country. “
And he closed: “Those who starred in the neoliberal crisis – Adenistas, Miristas and Emenerristas – want to continue the looting of #Bolivia through the reissue of the sadly famous mega-coalition in the midst of the critical situation we are experiencing.
In the last hours, several polls were made public in which the interim president was placed in fourth position in voting intention, with only 10 percent in the best of cases, far behind the MAS candidate, Luis Arce, with almost 40 percent.
The survey was conducted on 15,979 people in person and online between August 7 and September 15 with a margin of error of 0.78 to 1.62 percentage points. If in the elections the results reflected the preferences of the polls, there would be no second round.
Shortly after the recorded message from the interim president, Carlos Mesa – a candidate for the Citizen Community – expressed himself on his Twitter account about the passage alongside Áñez.
“I value the decision made by President Jeanine Áñez as a contribution to democracy. We are always ready for dialogue. The decision to close the way to MAS and open a new stage where the people will always be first from the Bolivian people, ”she posted on her Twitter profile.
“If we do not unite, Morales returns, if we do not unite, democracy loses,” said Áñez, who after assuming power in November last year assured that he would not run for the next elections, abusing himself months later when he presented his candidacy. under the Together coalition.