Diplomats from the United States have personally met with the three candidates leading the polls in Bolivia or with members of their campaigns, to ask that the October 18 elections be “free, fair, transparent and peaceful.”
“We have met with three candidates or with high-ranking members of their campaigns, “revealed a State Department official when asked by Efe during a telephone press conference.
Specifically, that source indicated that Washington has directly or indirectly dialogued with former minister Luis Arce, candidate of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) of Evo Morales, and former president Carlos Mesa, of the Citizen Community (CC) alliance, who could go to a second round, as well as former Bolivian civic leader Luis Fernando Camacho, third in the polls.
The official declined to offer details about who had participated in those conversations or where they took place and limited himself to stating: “I prefer to say broadly that those encounters occurred in Washington and they were produced in Bolivia. Sometimes they were face to face and sometimes they were virtual due to COVID conditions. “
They want to protect people
Another of the officials explained that Washington is in contact with its international partners to share information and ensure the peaceful development of the elections in Bolivia, which has suffered dozens of violent incidents in recent days.
In addition, the interim government of Jeanine Áñez and the MAS have accused each other of conspiring against the peaceful holding of the elections and of planning altercations. “We have made it clear to the parties that they have the need to protect and defend the process and to protect and defend the people,” insisted one of the American diplomats.
Willing to collaborate
This same Wednesday, the US Secretary of State, Mike PompeoHe promised that his government will work with the leader that Bolivians choose “freely and fairly,” which also includes Arce despite ideological differences with Washington, one of those officials confirmed today.
In just three days, Bolivians will elect the new president, vice president, senators and deputies, after the October 2019 elections were annulled amid complaints of electoral fraud in favor of then-president Evo Morales, something he has always denied.