US reiterates request for “credible and transparent”electoral second round

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.”

A country with a deficit and low income are main challenges for 2020 agenda

Bolivia is a country where six out of ten retirees are still working; where small businesses are closing due to high labour costs; where export revenues are continuing to decrease; and where government spending is continuing to increase and leaving a financial hole according to official figures, of more $ 3 billion dollars per year. Bolivia, where the economic slowdown is so notorious and international qualifiers, such as Fitch Ratings, predict growth of 2.8% by 2020. Exports dropped to approximately 30% during the last four years. As of August 2019, the trade deficit reached $772 million dollars. According to economist James Dunn, all these points must be addressed and included on the government’s 2020 economic agenda. He states that all the economic problems Bolivia are facing are a result of the economic model the government introduced in 2006, which needs to be updated since the plan no longer reflects today’s reality.

Evo wins first round in the shadow of fraud

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 heads for run off

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.