The paralysation of State institutions and the closing of borders were some of the determinations of a massive meeting from the regional opposition in Santa Cruz. The president of the Santa Cruz Civic Committee, Luis Fernando Camacho, said that the protest will be pacific but firm.
The helicopter carrying president Evo Morales from the municipality of Colquiri to the city of Oruro, had an emergency land due to a mechanical failure. The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) issued a statement and announced that the Accident Investigation Board will be activated. President Morales was unharmed by the incident.
Regional opposition leader, Luis Fernando Camacho, who was traveling to La Paz to push for President Evo Morales’ resignation reversed course on Tuesday after government supporters staked out an airport threatening his life. Camacho had flown from his base in Santa Cruz to the international airport outside La Paz with a pre-written resignation letter for Morales in an attempt to raise the heat on Bolivia’s long-standing leftist leader. But he said on Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday that he was unable to leave the El Alto airport due to potential threats from Morales supporters waiting outside.
There’s no quick solution on the horizon. After two weeks of the outbreak of the post-election crisis in Bolivia, there are at least three scenarios of solution to the conflict but none seems to gain enough consensus among all sectors. On one hand there is the solution proposed by the Government, which is not shared by either regional conservative leaders or political opposition. Another proposal comes from the civic movement (local civil society assemblies) and the National Democratic Council (Conade), who maintain the mobilizations and see that the only way out is Morales’ resignation, something that is seen as a coup by the government and as an unconsulted move by politicians. The last of the solutions is that of the formal opposition to the Government, headed by Carlos Mesa: to call for new elections with new electoral authorities.
Thousands of people gathered today in La Paz to participate in the National Civic Town Council, in which they demand the resignation of Evo Morales and new elections with a new Electoral Court and without the participation of Morales. They also reject a second round of the past elections and the auditory of the last elections by the OAS.
The Organization of American States (OAS) confirmed to the Government that it will send to Bolivia a team of 30 electoral experts to conduct an audit and verify whether the electoral process on October 20th was transparent.
The United States reiterated its request for a run-off between the two most-voted candidates: Evo Morales of the MAS (47.08%) and Carlos Mesa de CC (36.51%). A statement was read on behalf of Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo that said:”The Bolivian people have the right to elect their leaders in free and impartial elections. This right is enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Letter and in Bolivia’s Constitution.”
Four days after the general election, the Plurinational Electoral Body awarded – under the shadow of fraud – the victory to Evo Morales in the first round with 47.07% of the vote, compared to 36.51% obtained by his rival Carlos Mesa. The difference between the two candidates is 10.56 points, which eliminates the possibility of a second round.
Bolivia’s presidential election looks set for an unprecedented run-off in December after preliminary results suggested that socialist Evo Morales had failed to win outright a controversial fourth term. Following his toughest presidential fight since sweeping to power in 2006, the country’s first indigenous president on Sunday night hailed a “historic triumph”, despite failing to secure a sufficient lead over Carlos Mesa, a former president. Mr Morales was ahead with 45.7 per cent of the vote with 83.8 per cent of ballots counted, while Mr Mesa was on 37.8 per cent. Mr Morales needed at least 40 per cent of the 5m votes cast, plus a lead of more than 10 percentage points over Mr Mesa to avoid a second-round vote on December 15.
The leader of the National Industry Chamber, Ibo Blazicevic, expressed his concern about the future governability in Bolivia. He said that whoever wins the General Elections on October 20, will not have the control of the Congress, making it more challenging to govern the country. He also said that external developments such as the trade war between the United States and China, and the Argentine crisis harm the economy. He added that urgent adjustments are needed.