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Morales planning to return to Bolivia following on Arce's 20-point margin victory

Tuesday, October 20th 2020 - 09:55 UTC
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Arce, 57, said his victory was a “return to democracy” for the divided country. “We have recovered democracy and we will regain stability and social peace” Arce, 57, said his victory was a “return to democracy” for the divided country. “We have recovered democracy and we will regain stability and social peace”

Exiled former president Evo Morales on Monday signaled his intention to return to Bolivia after his leftist heir Luis Arce's sweeping presidential election victory. Arce, a former economy minister under Morales, claimed victory in Sunday's election after exit polls suggested a crushing triumph over centrist rival Carlos Mesa.

Mesa conceded Monday, saying Arce's 20-point margin of victory was “very forceful and very clear.” “It is up to us, as befits those of us who believe in democracy... to recognise that there has been a winner in this election,” said Mesa, a former president.

Exit polls handed over 52% of the vote to Arce, with Mesa mustering just 31.5%, upending predictions he would force a second round runoff in November. Private polling companies showed Arce winning by a similar margin. Official results are expected to take days.

Arce, 57, said his victory was a “return to democracy” for the divided South American country. “We have recovered democracy and we will regain stability and social peace”

Much attention now focuses on Morales, whose authoritarian 14-year grip on power left a bitter aftertaste for many Bolivians outside his largely-indigenous Movement for Socialism (MAS) party.

“Sooner or later we are going to return to Bolivia, that is not in debate,” Morales told a press conference in Buenos Aires.

“My great desire is to return to Bolivia and enter my region. It is a matter of time,” said Morales, who resigned amid protests after his victory in 2019 elections was annulled over rigging allegations.

Morales resigned on November 10 after losing the support of the armed forces whom he called in to repress street protests, in the midst of the crisis that left 36 dead and hundreds wounded.

Thwarted in his attempt to secure a fourth term, he initially fled to Mexico, but has since settled in neighboring Argentina after leftist Alberto Fernandez's election victory there. Morales thanked Fernandez and Mexican President Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador for their support. He also hailed congratulatory messages from other leftist leaders, Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro and former Uruguayan president Jose Mujica.

Morales said he had even received a call from Argentine Pope Francis on Monday. “I felt that I was not alone,” he said.

The office of UN chief Antonio Guterres lauded “highly participative and peaceful” elections, and encouraged political leaders to work together for national reconciliation.

Luis Arce's opponents had warned that a MAS victory would herald the return of the ex-president, who faces arrest in Bolivia on terrorism charges after the right-wing interim government accused him of directing anti-government protests from exile.

He is also being investigated for alleged “rape and trafficking” over allegations he had relationships with underage girls. Morales dismissed the accusations on Monday, saying they were “part of a dirty war” being waged against him.

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  • Think

    TWIMC....

    Article says...:
    ***“Arce's 20-point margin victory”***

    This humble patagonian observateur says... :
    If there is any logic (as there certainly is...) in Presidential Election Mathematics..., when the official count is over..., Arce's margin of victory will be about the 30 points..., having won about 60% of the popular vote...
    https://computo.oep.org.bo/


    Jallalla Bolivia...
    El Think...

    Oct 20th, 2020 - 10:37 am -1
  • El Diego

    Welcome back Evo. We miss you

    Oct 20th, 2020 - 03:09 pm -1
  • Think

    TWIMC...
    Just for the record...
    This humble patagonian observateur says... :

    - The Supreme Electoral College of Bolivia has got a little problem...
    They recycled same trick as in 2019..., counting first the right-wing areas votes to create “A Trend”...
    But...
    1) They didn't count the “Dirty, Ignorant Iindian” factor in... Almost 97% of them bloody brownish dastards went out and voted...!
    2) Them bloody EU and UN observateurs are everywhere..., and they know how and what to observe... ;-)
    Therefore...
    - Today..., Wednesday 21 October - 19:30 Genoa time..., with 89% of the Bolivian Peoples votes counted.., we stand as follows..:
    ~55% for the Socialists....
    ~29% for the Rightwing Coalition...
    ~14% for ”Camacho, el Macho... (Google him if interested...)
    BUT...:
    “SOMEBODY” has stopped (for almost nine hours now...) the count of the remaining 11%
    (~750,000) votes...
    WHY...?
    BECAUSE..., when those last..., carefully sorted for last..., poor Indigenous areas votes are counted..., the result will be about...:
    ~60% for the Socialists....
    ~25% for the Rightwing Coalition...
    ~11% for “El Macho” Camacho...

    Capisce...?


    If there is any logic (as there certainly is...) in Presidential Election Mathematics..., when the official count is over..., Arce's margin of victory will be about the 30 points..., having won about 60% of the popular vote...
    https://computo.oep.org.bo/


    Jallalla Bolivia...
    El Think...

    Oct 21st, 2020 - 05:35 pm -1
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