Bolivian president Evo Morales said he was quite concerned with the possibility that the “Pinochetistas” in Chile and the “fascist right” in Argentina could win the general elections in those countries, according to the country’s government news agency, ABI.
“What would happen, --and for that we must be prepared--, if those aligned with the “pinochetistas” win the elections in Chile? It would be very serious for Latinamerican democracy and for South America”, said the Bolivian leader during a political rally Monday evening in the capital La Paz.
Pinochet was a military dictator that ruled Chile with an iron fist from 1973 to 1990.
And what could happen in Argentina “if the fascist, racist right wing returns? asked Morales.
“We are neighbours of both countries” added the Bolivian president who in the event of such radical political changes in both countries, with which Bolivia shares borders, “we would be surrounded by the empire”.
He added he was concerned because “in several South American countries national elections are scheduled in the near future”.
Chile is holding presidential elections next December and the two main hopefuls are the ruling coalition’s Eduardo Frei and Sebastian Piñera for the conservatives. Public opinion polls show Piñera leading although Frei seems to be catching up on the popular support for President Michelle Bachelet.
Presidential elections is Argentina are scheduled for 2011, but prospects for the Kirchners, good allies of Evo Morales, are not good following their defeat in the mid term elections of June 28th.
Morales, who is running for re-election in December for another five-year period and is moving ahead with his “indigenous” and “state intervention” policies in the economy, considers himself a close ally of both ladies, Chile’s Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.