The head of the interim regime of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, abandoned his presidential nomination. The announcement was made only one day after a national poll gave him just 7% of the intention to vote. The former congresswoman made a call for unity to the entire right, to confront the Movement for Socialism (MAS).
In the absence of a month for the general elections, Áñez seeks to avoid a potential triumph of the opponent Luis Arce. The president assured that her resignation “is not a sacrifice, it is an honor.” The 53-year-old former television host said her decision was based on “the risk that the democratic vote will be divided among several candidates.
Jeanine Áñez assumed the interim presidency in November 2019, after the forced resignation of Evo Morales. The former president said about this resignation that it was “A double betrayal of its militants and candidates“And that she will now negotiate” her impunity. ” The elections are called for October 18, after months of being delayed.
The survey shows that Arce is the first candidate with 29%, followed by Carlos Mesa (19%) and then the far-right businessman Luis Camacho (10.4%). Deutsche Welle reports that Áñez appeared 4th in the preferences and without the option of reaching a second round. She stated that she stopped competing “to take care of democracy.”