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Ex Bolivian president calls for calm after right-wing protestors called for a “military junta”

Thursday, October 29th 2020 - 09:34 UTC
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Hundreds of demonstrators marched to military barracks in the eastern city of Santa Cruz and called for “military help” to prevent MAS from regaining power Hundreds of demonstrators marched to military barracks in the eastern city of Santa Cruz and called for “military help” to prevent MAS from regaining power
Morales twitted that “the constitution is very clear on the role of the armed forces and Bolivian police: We, as we always have done, will respect them as institutions.” Morales twitted that “the constitution is very clear on the role of the armed forces and Bolivian police: We, as we always have done, will respect them as institutions.”

Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales called for calm after several hundred right-wing protesters demanded that a “military junta” replace socialist president-elect Luis Arce.

On Monday, hundreds of demonstrators marched to military barracks in the eastern city of Santa Cruz – a right-wing stronghold – and called for “military help” to prevent the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party from regaining power following a year under conservative Jeanine Anez's interim government.

Morales wrote on Twitter, however, that “the constitution is very clear on the role of the armed forces and the Bolivian police: We, as we always have done, will respect them as institutions.” He added “We must all act calmly in a constitutional way.”

Bolivia has been in political crisis for a year after Morales ignored the constitution and stood for and won a fourth successive term as president, even though leaders are limited to two terms.

Following weeks of protest and an Organization of American States (OAS) audit that found clear evidence of fraud, Morales resigned and fled the country and Anez assumed the presidency.

New elections were held on October 18 with Arce -- from Morales' MAS party -- romping to victory. The electoral tribunal, Anez and four observer missions, including the OAS, have all confirmed the election was clean and transparent.

Arce claimed more than 55% of the vote with centrist former president Carlos Mesa a distant second on just under 29%. But Monday's protesters don't trust the result.

“I don't want a communist country,” said one banner, according to the El Deber de Santa Cruz newspaper. One protester told the newspaper that he wanted “a transitional military government until it's possible to hold elections without fraud.”

Santa Cruz is the stronghold of right-wing civic leader Luis Fernando Camacho, who led protests against Morales last year and finished third in the recent election with 14%.

Bolivia is waiting to see when Morales will return from exile in Argentina after a judge on Monday lifted a preventative detention order against him over alleged “terrorism.” On Tuesday he said he will “possibly” return by November 9.

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  • Chicureo

    I respect your comments and do not suggest the military overthrow the govenment because their military academies have an inability to produce leaders. (I would also add that both Peru and Argentina do and I have especially respect for Peru's navy.)

    Some hard truths about an avowed enemy of my country:

    - they are sitting upon one of the most resource rich nations of our continent.
    - their farming operations in Santa Cruz are outstanding.
    - they produce a very good quality beer.
    - 94% of their population are inherently stubborn-obstinate-mentally challenged.

    I predict a dismal future of a failed nation — which is fine for my perspective as they are our enemy and will remain so for decades to come.

    They do have a nice colorful alternative national flag...

    Oct 29th, 2020 - 01:38 pm +1
  • Chicureo

    Alas for the upper classes (which is less than 4%) their military does not have strong right-wing control like in past decades — when it was common to overthrow the government.

    I don't wish the Bolivian people bad will — but their level of logic and reason is primitive.

    Oct 29th, 2020 - 11:36 am 0
  • MarkWhelan

    Be it left or right there will always be some group that is dissatisfied with the results of an election.
    The correct way to change the result is to build up your support and win the NEXT election.

    Oct 29th, 2020 - 11:47 am 0
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