The interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, announced this Thursday that withdraws his candidacy for the elections October. “Today I put aside my candidacy for the presidency of Bolivia to take care of democracy,” Áñez said in a video released to the media.
“It is not a sacrifice, it is an honor,” he said, before the risk of splitting the vote against the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales and that “ends up winning the election” on October 18.
The until now candidate for the Juntos alliance affirmed that her decision aims to “help the victory of those of us who do not want the dictatorship” because “If we don’t unite, Morales will come back,” added.
“If we don’t join, democracy loses, dictatorship wins “, He added, for which he urged to put aside differences and “build freedom with unity.”
“I want to call the unity of those who believe in democracy,” he said, while thanking the “understanding” for their decision in “a historic moment”.
IT IS NOT A SACRIFICE, IT IS AN HONOR
Today I put aside my candidacy in homage to freedom and democracy.
The stakes in this election are not small. Really, democracy is at stake in Bolivia. pic.twitter.com/vpbKKWaeou
— Jeanine Añez Chavez (@JeanineAnez) September 18, 2020
Jeanine Áñez opted for there to be “a democratic candidate to confront the MAS” whom she encouraged to defend a series of programs initiated by her interim government.
Áñez indicated that will continue as temporary president until the election of a new head of government after the general elections.
The transitory president appeared in the video of about three and a half minutes, accompanied by the candidate of Juntos for the vice presidency, Samuel Doria Medina, several ministers of the interim government and politicians who support Áñez, such as the mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla. .
The announcement was released a day after the most extensive electoral poll published so far in the country placed it fourth in voting intention, far from even being able to contest a second round with the first in the polls, the MAS candidate, Luis Arce.
The Together alliance is one of the eight nominations who attend the elections to elect president, vice president, deputies and senators.