Bolivia: Fernández against Añez for blocking legislators

(ANSA) – BUENOS AIRES AND LA PAZ OCT 17 – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, issued today a harsh statement against the “de facto government” of Bolivia, headed by interim president Jeanine Añez, for the retention of Argentine deputies who They arrived in La Paz this morning as observers of tomorrow’s elections in the Amazon Andean country

“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 Añez to preserve the integrity of the Argentine delegation,” the Argentine president wrote in his account from Twitter

At dawn on Friday, the Bolivian Police detained legislator Federico Fagioli and his official Argentine counterparts Leonardo Grosso, Guillermo Mario Eugenio Mario Snopk, Paola Andrea Penacca and Soledad Magno, in charge of Diplomacy of the Argentine Parliament, at the Alto air terminal in La Paz. despite the fact that everyone had passed immigration controls in Cochabamba, when they landed on a stopover

“They said they were going to let the veedores in to guarantee clean elections, but it seems that they won’t,” protested Grosso on social media.

According to members of the Argentine delegation told ANSA, at the time of the arrest there were some shoves and discussions and that they commented that Bolivian security personnel objected that the Argentine delegation had been invited by the presidency of the Legislative Assembly led by Senator Eva Copa, from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) of the former president Evo Morales

The same sources indicated that the Bolivian police beat the Political and Security Adviser of the Argentine embassy in Bolivia, Luca de María, who approached the place to advise the legislators

Hours after the mess, the deputy Cecilia Moreau wrote on Twitter from Buenos Aires that all the legislators managed to unblock the blockade, “they are well and will continue in Bolivia to fulfill their mission of observers” of tomorrow’s elections

The situation intensifies tensions between the governments of Argentina and Bolivia, in tension since Añez came to power on November 12, 2019, as a result of the forced resignation of then-President Morales, who had won in elections that a delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) considered illegitimate

Morales had to leave Bolivia for Mexico and then went into exile in Argentina, where he is still

Bolivians will go to the polls tomorrow in a climate of great tension to elect a president, legislators and other positions

(ANSA)

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