Mario Vargas Llosa, El Diario:
The Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, said in Lima, Peru, that a fourth re-election of President Evo Morales to the Presidency of our country, “would be catastrophic for Bolivia and for neighboring countries such as Peru.” He called to support the candidates who fight against populism.
“I think that in these elections it is very important to support those who are fighting against populism, who are facing him because a fourth presidency of Evo Morales I believe that it would be catastrophic not only for Bolivia but also for neighboring countries, including Peru,” said the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Vargas Llosa participated days ago of the inauguration of the International Book Fair in Lima Peru (FILLimaPeru) where, together with journalists such as Andrés Oppenheimer, they made the conversation “The future of Peru and Latin America” to analyze the social and political situation of the region. The central issue was the consequences of populist governments, including Venezuela of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, Argentina of the Kirchners and Bolivia with the presidency of Evo Morales.
In that context, he said that Evo Morales represents a typical case of populism in the region, and that an image has been invented around him that does not correspond to reality.
“I believe that the case of Evo Morales is a typical case of demagogy populism and the creation of a myth around him. Europe was bought and practically nothing is true of what he says about himself (for example) that he is a humble man who was progressing through his courage, his responsibility. He doesn’t speak Aymara or Quechua, his native language is Spanish. There is a myth created around him,” he said.
He also noted that in the three terms of his government, Bolivia failed to progress economically, it only had “certain economic stability” by selling gas to Brazil in an economic scenario where hydrocarbon prices were high.
“Evo Morales is a populist, many say he has succeeded. He has given Brazil the wealth of Bolivia which has given it some economic stability, but no economic progress has been found,” said Vargas Llosa.
In the balance of the Spanish Peruvian writer and politician, Vargas Llosa also recalled that for three years in Bolivia there is a political struggle because Morales did not respect the result of the constitutional referendum of February 21, 2016.
“Evo Morales is trying to re-elect himself for the fourth time. Let’s not forget that some time ago he made a referendum to know if the Bolivians wanted the presidents to be re-elect. The Bolivians said no, we do not want and yet, there he is, he says that the right to be re-elected president of the republic is a right that cannot expire,” he said.