Even former evo’s allies have to accept that the majority of Bolivians have ruled out his intend to be nominated again for re-election … evo may fear trails on the abundant cases of corruption, incompetence and misuse of government funds, that is why he and his acolytes desperately seek to remain in power. We must not replicate the tragedies of Nicaragua’s Ortega nor Venezuela’s Chavez/Maduro conundrums. The above is the opinion of Bolivian Thoughts.
El Diario reports:
Admitting candidacy of Morales and Garcia is stepping on democracy
• Given the insistence of the ruling party to proclaim the current president as a candidate, several political voices rejected the intention asking the MAS to respect the CPE and the will of the sovereign who disapproves the intention.
The former spokesman of the Presidency, Alex Contreras, affirmed that admitting the candidacy of Evo Morales and Álvaro García as postulants registered in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for the 2019 elections is stepping on democracy, because they are constitutionally disqualified by the results of the February 21st referendum.
“Evo Morales and Álvaro García can not be candidates because that is what the people, the sovereign in the constitutional referendum of February 21, 2016, have decided,” said Alex Contreras, former presidential spokesman in the first term of Evo Morales. Now he fulfills functions in the Municipal Mayorship of Cochabamba, under control of the Democrats.
These statements came after the social sectors of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) defined pre-electoral strategies for the candidacy of Evo Morales in the 2019 elections. In addition, coca growers in Cochabamba supported the nomination of Vice President Álvaro García.
Contreras said that both authorities can not violate the Political Constitution of the State, despite the fact that the Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP) has issued a ruling to enable the consecutive repostulation. Although he admitted that all the powers of the State are managed, manipulated and controlled by the MAS.
He affirmed that the only candidate that has the MAS is Evo Morales because he did not allow other leaders to emerge in this political organization, which made the current President a caudillo instead of a political leader. “We have already seen several caudillos in the country, who after dying for different reasons, practically their parties have disappeared.”
CONFLICT OF POWERS
The former member of the National Electoral Court (CNE) Jorge Lazarte warned that in the near future there could be a conflict between two powers: On the one hand the Supreme Electoral Tribunal that must enforce the binding results of the constitutional referendum and, on the other hand, the Constitutional Court that will also seek to enforce the ruling of November 28, 2017.
At the same time, he pointed out that this conflict can lead to actions of protest and unrest in the streets and not in the legal way, which will provoke a greater polarization among those who agree with Morales’ refoulement and those who reject it.
“The road to elections is undermined by many risks, I am very afraid that this will explode at some point,” said the former authority.
In past days, the president of the TSE, Katia Uriona, reiterated that she will refer to the candidacies of the 2019 general elections when the call for elections is published, that is, before 120 to 180 days before the elections.
“It is not a matter of entering into a speculative scenario about the possible candidates, because it is a process that is foreseen for the next administration, the procedure that corresponds to the Electoral Body, when it assumes competence, once the candidatures are presented and we have ratified ( …) on the scope and validity of the results of 21F,” said Uriona.
The consultant of the Law of Political Organizations, Carlos Hugo Molina, said that President Evo Morales is an impossible candidate, because he is constitutionally disqualified.
In this context, he said that there is no experience in any region that establishes the continuity of a presidential mandate based on a “human right”, in accordance with the interpretation of the Constitutional Court based on article 23 of the Pact of San José.