‘Socialist Presidential Candidate Arce Wins Bolivia’s Elections’, Oct. 19, 2020, telesurenglish
“After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the “We Believe Alliance” candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes.
Bolivia’s president-elect Arce thanked the people for their support and for their peaceful participation in the electoral process.” […]
“The Bolivian Socialists’ message was categorical and clear: “we call on the community to avoid provocations… let’s end this nightmare we have been living for a year.”
A few minutes before the official information was issued, former President Evo Morales, who remains a political asylee in Argentina, recalled that millions of Bolivians cast their vote peacefully and demanded that the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez respect the results.
“Yesterday we denounced that the authorities suspended the presentation of the results of the exit poll companies. That was suspicious,” the Socialist leader said
“Everything indicates that the MAS has won the elections and won a majority of seats in both chambers,” Evo added.”
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From the Orinoco Tribune:
“CIESMORI, another exit poll firm posted a regional estimation of the electoral result placing Arce’s victory with a margin bigger than 30% in comparison with Mesa in La Paz and Cochabamba. In La Paz Luis Arce according to this firm won with 65.3% of the votes and Mesa only got 31.7%. In Cochabamba Arce got 63.1% of the votes and Mesa only 34.1%.
Former Bolivian president Evo Morales one hour before the release of the exit poll results held a press conference from Buenos Aires in a celebratory tone and requested the release of the preliminary results. After being force to resign in 2019 Morales travel to Mexico that granted him asylums and a few weeks later he set his operational headquarters in Argentina to be closer to his family and to Bolivia.
Luis Arce was Evo Morales’ minister of economy and many associate him with the flourishing of Bolivia’s economy while Morales was president. During Jeanine Anez de facto government, the economy of Bolivia have deteriorated to unimaginable levels and with the terrible handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, many Bolivians -event from urban areas- began to miss the government of Evo Morales.”
Yes, we hope that the coup government in Bolivia will accept the final results due on Wednesday, especially given the horrors inflicted on MAS supporters and journalists before Sunday’s voting: ‘MAS Supporters are Being Massacred by Golpistas in Bolivia’, Oct.15, 2010, wd, caucus99percent.com
And given that Evo’s removal from office was a US/OAS supported putsch, and the Bolivian military was trained by US via the Schools of the Americas, we hope that President Arce will dismiss any who had aided in the coups.
There’s no word yet, of course, as to Arce’s re-nationalizing Boliia’s extensive lithium deposits, nor what may become of the golpistas having contracted it to Elon Musk earlier. Are there safer ways to mine it? When will Evo be permitted to return from Argentina?
Meanwhile let’s hear from the MAS supporters and celebrants!
‘Luis Almagro is responsible for a coup, many coup attempts around our continent, extrajudicial killings in Bolivia and elsewhere and he leads the foremost anti-democratic body in the Americas. The fight to eradicate imperialist forces from our continent only begins now.’
‘Jeanine Añez, ICYMI: “We do not yet have an official count, but from the data we have, Mr. Arce and Mr. Choquehuanca have won the election. I congratulate the winners and ask them to govern with Bolivia and democracy in mind.”
And bless Arce’s spiritual heart:
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(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)