The former president of Bolivia Evo Morales confirmed this Sunday (09/24/2023) that he will compete for the presidency in the 2025 elections, ensuring that he had been “forced” to make this decision and that he is going to “battle”, amid the division within the ruling party, the Movement towards Socialism (MAS).On the occasion he also launched strong criticism of the Government of Luis Arce.
“They have convinced me that I am going to be a candidate, they have forced me, of course, the people want it, but they are forcing me, both against Evo, the right, the Government, the empire,” said Morales, who already governed Bolivia between 2006 and 2019. , in his program on local radio Kawsachun Coca.
The MAS leader also added that there is a “dirty” campaign against him, since the opposition calls him a “drug trafficker”, and the Government of Arce and the vice president David Choquehuanca They point him out as the “king of cocaine”, so these situations “forced” him to be a candidate. “We are not going to give up and we are going to be in this tough democratic battle, now to build proposals, I have a meeting with businessmen, I welcome the proposals coming, we must build the post-bicentennial agenda,” he said.
“Eliminate” it physically
The former president regretted that Arce, who was his Minister of Economy during his Government, has not advanced “anything at all” on the agenda they carried out with 13 pillars towards the country’s bicentennial (in 2025), and assured that the Executive has a plan to defenestrate him “with political processes” and that they even want to “eliminate” him physically, so he decided to accept what his militancy demands in the rallies he has throughout the country.
“We are going to confront with truth, dignity and honesty all that aggression that we suffered on social networks from the Ministry of the Presidency,” he stressed in a subsequent message on X (Twitter). Morales’ announcement comes just a few days before the national congress of the MAS is held, from October 3 to 5 in the tropics of Cochabamba, one of his political strongholds, which has also been cause of dispute between the officials.
Arce’s allies or “arcistas” have tried to have this congress held in the city of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, and to renew the leaders of the ruling party, starting with Morales himself, while the “evistas”, nearby to Morales, they have already warned that the meeting will decide on the expulsion of Arce and Choquehuanca, whom they describe as “traitors.”
DZC (EFE, La Razón)
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