Arce and Morales, together in a meeting of the MAS party

The meeting, which is attended by union leaders, peasants and indigenous people related to MAS, was organized to mark the lines of the government party towards the 2021 sub-national elections.

By:
EFE

02:30 PM / 21/11/2020

The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, had his first public meeting with former president Evo Morales on Saturday 21-N after his return to Bolivia, at a meeting of his party, the Movement for Socialism (MAS), in the center of the country.

Arce and the country’s vice president, David Choquehuanca, attended the meeting, convened by Morales, which is held in a convention center on the outskirts of the central city of Cochabamba.

Arce and Morales greeted each other with a handshake and a hug, amid applause and cheers from the militants present in the room.

The meeting, which is attended by union leaders, peasants and indigenous people related to MAS, was organized to mark the lines of the government party towards the subnational elections of 2021.

In his speech, Arce said he was “happy” to be able to participate in the national meeting of the MAS that “has generated great expectations”, which, in his opinion, confirms that this party is “the first force in the country.”

The president stressed the importance of listening to the “bases” who ask “to give new actors an opportunity”, to which the attendees responded by chanting “we want new people.”

However, Morales thanked those who voted for his party, which allowed MAS to return to government and him to return to Bolivia after a year.

Morales left Bolivia on November 11, 2019, a day after announcing his resignation, claiming that it was forced by an alleged coup, amid allegations of fraud in his favor in the failed elections of October of that year that are being investigated. criminally and that he denies.

The former governor was first in Mexico and then in Argentina, from where he commanded the MAS electoral campaign towards the general elections on October 18, in which Arce won with 55.1%.

Morales said that one of the tasks they have now is “to take care of President Lucho” and to achieve this, they must ensure a broad victory in the sub-national elections.

In these elections, called for next March 7, governors, departmental assembly members, mayors and councilors will be elected.

The goal set by Morales, who also resumed the MAS presidency, is to win seven of the nine Bolivian governorships and at least 300 of the 337 disputed mayoralties.

“It is the best shield to defend our process and support comrade Lucho, president,” said the former president, who also confessed that he is “scared” by the short time remaining to register the candidacies.

Candidate registration is set for the next December 18 and 19, according to the electoral calendar.

The room where the meeting was taking place was not enough to accommodate all the militants who attended, so many stayed outside.

Several militants did not hide their annoyance with the media present, which they branded as “sold press” for their supposed support for the transitory government of former President Jeanine Áñez.

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