President Alberto Fernandez blamed the “de facto government of Jeanine Áñez” by arrest of an Argentine legislator and mistreatment of others members of the entourage that was invited as an observer to the Bolivian elections.
“Argentine legislators were mistreated when they arrived in La Paz to fulfill their duties as observers of the elections next Sunday. It is the direct responsibility of the de facto government of Jeanine Áñez to preserve the integrity of the Argentine delegation“President Alberto Fernández wrote on his Twitter account around 1 in the morning.
An hour earlier, at midnight, the Kirchnerist deputy Leandro Grosso had told through the same social network that the Argentine delegation in Bolivia had been mistreated in La Paz and that even they had arrested the deputy Federico Fagioli.
“We were invited by the President of the Bolivian Senate, Eva Copa, as observers of international electoral accompaniment for Sunday’s elections. Upon arrival, we passed the Cochabamba Airport without any problem, but when we arrived in La Paz they stopped us“, described Grosso and accompanied the message with the invitation letter.
Grosso added: “First day as observers of the elections, and they have just illegally retained the national deputy Federico Fagioli. We came to ensure the holding of fair elections and in democratic frameworks! We hold the government of Jeanine Áñez responsible for our security“.
This information was the one that the President reposted in the tweet in which he repudiated the incident and also held Áñez responsible for the mistreatment by the security forces and the subsequent arrest of one of the members of his observer mission.
For its part, Chancellery Argentina said this morning in a statement that the Argentine Government “demands that the de facto government of Jeanine Añez take responsibility for the illegal detention“of Deputy Fagioli who” traveled to the Plurinational State of Bolivia as an observer of the next elections. “
He also asks that “they take responsibility for the health of the Argentine embassy official, Lucas De Maria, who had an asthma attack in the middle of the conflict. “
Also that they take responsibility for the health of the Argentine embassy official, Lucas De María, who had an asthma attack in the middle of the conflict.
& – Argentine Chancellery [R][R] (@CancilleriaARG)
The candidate for the presidency of Bolivia for the Movement to Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, He also referred to the situation: “We repudiate the violence and mistreatment exercised by the de facto government of Áñez against the Argentine legislators who were invited by the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, as observers of the electoral process,” said the former minister of Evo Morales, what leads the polls.“We condemn the mistreatment that Deputy Fagioli received upon his arrival in the country as part of the special mission that the sister Republic of Argentina sent to accompany the elections,” he added on his Twitter account.
We demand that the de facto government respect the rights of the people who make up the international delegations and missions that arrive, and are in
, to accompany and ensure transparency in the electoral process.
& – Luis Arce Catacora (Lucho Arce) (@LuchoXBolivia)
Along the same lines, the former president Evo Morales, who lives in Argentina after his resignation last November, tweeted: “We repudiate shameful act of the de facto government against the deputy, @Fede_FagioliOK, member of the Observation Mission of the Argentine Congress for Sunday’s elections in Bolivia. He was illegally detained and stripped of your documents upon arrival at El Alto airport “.
On the other hand, the bloc of national deputies of the Frente de Todos demanded the “dictatorship of Jeanine Añez the immediate release” of Federico Fagioli.
We repudiate shameful act of the de facto government against the deputy,
, Member of the Observation Mission of the Argentine Congress for Sunday elections in
. He was illegally detained and his documents were stripped upon arrival at the El Alto airport.
& – Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo)
In a statement released this morning, the bloc explained that the delegation “was invited by the President of the Bolivian Senate, Eva Copa, to participate as observers in Sunday’s elections “and that the legislators had certificates that accredited this role. In this context, they indicated that the deputy was” illegally detained and there are no guarantees regarding the security of the Argentine delegation. “
“We demand from the dictatorship of Jeanine Añez the immediate release of Deputy Fagioli, to guarantee the safety of the members of the delegation and to allow them to carry out the electoral verification task for which they were invited, “the statement concludes.
This is happening now. They do not let us enter Bolivia. They accuse Congressman Fagioli of having committed crimes against humanity. This is a confrontation with our country.
&- Paula Penacca (@PaulaPenacca)
In addition to Fagioli, the national deputies for the Frente de Todos Leonardo Grosso and Paula Penacca are part of the delegation of international overseers representing the Argentine Republic in tomorrow’s elections.
In tomorrow’s elections in Bolivia Carlos Mesa (Citizen Community) will face Luis Arce (MAS). On the other hand, Bolivian citizens who reside in Argentina and who will go to the polls next Sunday to elect a president, will do so all together and on the same day: about 60,000 voters will move through the city to get to the assigned school and exercise their right.