Former Bolivian President Evo Morales (2006-2019) has assumed the leadership of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) in the face of the next electoral appointment in Bolivia, which will renew local and departmental administrations on March 7, 2021Therefore, it has called a national congress to define the strategy and the selection of candidates for the elections.
“National and departmental leaders of the MAS and social movements decide, by consensus, that I actively assume the presidency of the most important political instrument in Bolivia,” Morales wrote on his Twitter account.
Morales, who has recently returned to the country after the inauguration of his party’s candidate, Luis Arce, as president, had spent more than a year in exile, first in Mexico and later in Argentina, after the alleged electoral fraud in the presidential elections. of 2019 and his resignation that led to the interim presidency of Jeanine Áñez.
In a MAS statement, which highlights that it is the first meeting of the national leadership after the return of the former president, Morales stressed that, during his asylum in Argentina, he was surprised by “the support received from sympathizers, the Federation of Municipal Associations of Bolivia (FAM), organizations ”, among others.
It has also reported that they have decided “to convene a national extension that will be held on the 21st of this month in the city of Cochabamba”, an occasion on which the bases for the selection of candidates for the subnational elections will be laid., as reported by the local newspaper The reason, and in which the strategy to get the largest number of governors, mayors, assembly members and councilors will be outlined.
“The election of candidates for subnational elections is based on the fact that our political movement seeks the liberation of the peoples; our government program belongs to the people and the candidates must execute the program and projects together with the people and their social organizations, ”Morales emphasized on his social networks.
The MAS will aspire in the 2021 elections to consolidate at the local level the weight that it has maintained at the national level, although the majority of the previous legislature has been reduced. At stake are nine positions of governors and 337 mayors, among other positions.
The TSE has established that, for posts that are not filled in the first round, a second round will be held on April 11. The presidential elections in October were resolved without the need for a second vote, as Arce won with more than half the votes.
With information from Europa Press