Evo Morales candidate calls opposition complaint ‘desperate action’

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Evo Morales candidate calls opposition complaint 'desperate action'




Bolivian presidential candidate Luis Arce (MAS) rides during the campaign, March 8, 2020


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Bolivian presidential candidate Luis Arce (MAS) rides during the campaign, March 8, 2020


Luis Arce, political heir to ex-Bolivian president Evo Morales, called on Sunday (27) a “desperate action” the complaint presented by the opposition that could result in the disqualification of his party in the October 18 elections.

“All the actions that [a oposição] will try are desperate actions to face MAS (Movement to Socialism) “, declared the left presidential candidate to the press.

Three weeks before the general elections in Bolivia, a La Paz Court of Justice admitted a legal appeal filed by right-wing senator Carmen Eva Gonzáles, requesting the withdrawal of the acronym MAS from the elections for violating the law that prohibits parties from releasing election polls.

The result of the appeal will be announced on October 5 and a possible decision favorable to the opposition would leave MAS out of the elections.

“The refusal presented in fact strengthens us, because it is clear evidence that the right knows that the Movement for Socialism (MAS) is going to win and will win hard in the elections,” continued Arce.

On July 14, during a television interview, Arce released data from an internal poll by his party that attributed him to a victory in the first round with a difference of 18 percentage points in relation to the runner-up, Carlos Mesa.

In order to avoid punishment, MAS filed an unconstitutionality lawsuit against the same article that the party had used some years ago to make the candidacy of political opponents unfeasible.

Arce, a former Morales Economy Minister (2006-2019), is the favorite in the polls to win the October 18 elections.

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