MAS Declares Itself in a State of Emergency
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal is still analyzing 13 cases against which there is a demand for disqualification, and among them are the candidates of the Movement to Socialism for the Presidency, Luis Arce Catacora, and the Senate, Evo Morales and Diego Pary
Published: Tuesday 18 February 2020 | 11:47:06 pm.
By Juventud Rebelde
Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
La Paz, February 18.- Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal reported that of 2,107 candidates who presented their candidacy on February 3, 1,278 are qualified to continue in the electoral race towards the May 3 elections, while 797 failed to meet the necessary requirements.
At the same time, the TSE is still analyzing 13 cases against which there is a demand for disqualification, and among them are the candidates of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) for the Presidency, Luis Arce Catacora, and for the Senate, Evo Morales and Diego Pary. This has been denounced on social networks because it is considered “not normal” that they seek to force a possible disqualification and this is even seen as a preview of another fascist coup in Bolivia by brushing aside the popular will.
Arce – the former economy minister of Evo Morales, considered the architect of Bolivia’s economic development over the past 13 years – leads the first poll of voting intentions for the next general elections with 31.6 percent, followed by former president Carlos Mesa with 17.1 percent, and by the self-proclaimed president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, the candidate of Juntos, with 16.5 percent.