BBC News reports:
At least two people have been killed in Bolivia in clashes between supporters and opponents of President Evo Morales, the government says.
The two men died in the town of Montero in eastern Santa Cruz province.
Tension has been running high for the past 10 days following the disputed presidential election results.
The Organization of American States (OAS) will start an audit of the results on Thursday to decide if the polls should go into a second round. [Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Last night 10/30/2019, two people were murdered by the hordes of evo, the Bolivian people has realized that this “audit” will not be objective, Almagro has too many ties with evo and is not reliable. Therefore, the population now demands new elections!]
The official results gave the incumbent, Evo Morales, a big enough lead over his nearest rival, Carlos Mesa, to win outright in the first round.
But many Bolivians say they are suspicious of the initial vote count, which was surprisingly interrupted for 24 hours on election night.
At the time when the counting was inexplicably halted, the two candidates looked set to go into a second round, but when the counting restarted, Mr Morales’ lead jumped.
The final result gave Mr Morales just over the 10-percentage-point lead he needed to stave off a second round. Mr Mesa said the result was fraudulent and election observers from the OAS also expressed their concerns.
The following 10 days were marred by mass protests, strikes, blockades and clashes between those backing Mr Morales and those behind Mr Mesa.
[Bolivian Thoughts opinion: It is unbelievable that AFP and the BBC did not mention that most of those “miners” were fake! The internet is filled with pictures from them, wearing city, clean shoes, getting paid at the Central Bank, been offered meals by the police, standing on line at the airport to go to Cochabamba?! fraud at all levels!! You can browse Bolivian Thoughts using this link and also this Facebook page’s link.]
Interior Minister Carlos Romero said that two men had been killed in Montero and six injured. He said there would be an investigation into the deaths. Local media has reported that one of the two victims was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
Mr Morales says that the protests amount to a “coup d’état”. Mr Mesa and his supporters argue that Mr Morales, who has governed Bolivia since January 2006, is trying to stay in power by rigging the election result.
On Wednesday, Mr Morales’ Mas party agreed to a binding audit of the results by the OAS. But Mr Mesa, who had previously backed the idea of an audit, said that he now rejected it, arguing that because it had been agreed “unilaterally” between the OAS and Mas, he did not trust it.
“The audit between the OAS and the Mas candidate was agreed without any consultation with the country,” he said in a video message posted on Twitter [in Spanish].
He demanded that representatives from Bolivia’s civil society be represented.
The OAS said the audit would take between 10 to 12 days to complete and Foreign Minister Diego Pary added that the Bolivian government had also invited observers from Mexico, Paraguay and Spain to monitor it.